Monday, July 29, 2013

The Brotherhood, Fundamentalist Islam and Democracy


Fundamentalist Islam is no better or worse than fundamentalist Judaism or fundamentalist Christianity, except for the fact that jews and christians have already had a far greater impact on the modern world, and whether they call themselves fundies, moderates, liberals or conservatives that impact has meant wonderful progress for some and endless tragedy for too many others.

Reaction to this global situation by any political or religious group needs to be seen in the context of that material reality, without special and unique regard for various people believing it occurs because the universe in all its incredible vastness and mystery is the creation of an eternal entity with a penis - possibly circumcised - or the result of a "big bang”, with no explanation yet offered as to what it was that exploded and what it was that created this primary "banger". There are political economic matters that must be considered, of earthly and human origin that are not supernatural and certainly not unknowable mystery that can only be explained by mythology or science based religion.
Whatever the faults of the Muslim Brotherhood, they were elected in a vote possibly more democratic than in some societies that have been falsely calling themselves democracies for ages, which is small praise but should at least be seen as a lesser evil among even greater hypocrisies that support master race-chosen people doctrines far more damaging - so far - than any backward superstitions of the fundamentalist Muslim creed with all its old testament patriarchal roots which only differ from the dominating judeo-christics in that, for one example, its females treated as secondarily human must be covered in fabrics to hide their femininity and not arouse old testament garden-of-eden descendants who might be overcome  by lust at their sight and want to have sex with them ( horror! this could lead to mindless  pleasure and even - more horror - love?), rather than covered in painted cosmetics which is the western, civilized form of reducing women to chattels and sub-humans who, if viewed as they really are, might *not* provoke feelings of lust ( horror! This could lead to no further commodity consumption of cosmetics!) . They can, nevertheless, drive cars, have credit cards, go shopping and serve in positions of political power as long as they conduct themselves in the same dominating and murderous capitalist profit making behaviors that bring the world to its present place.

The Brotherhood may have just as many faults as any other governing groups in alleged democracies, and possibly even more given the fact that it has had no previous experience at being anything but an outsider, often suppressed and imprisoned class trying to stand up for a population regularly ground into submission by “civilized” ruling powers, many of which are their critics. Those who rightfully clamor for democracy anywhere and not just in Egypt need to understand that nowhere on earth has there been any society ruled by a democratic majority of its people, with protection of the rights of its minority, and the Muslim Brotherhood is hardly the primary exponent of what too many are calling anti-democracy because someone else won the election and they didn’t.

Repeat: nowhere on earth has there been any democracy. Yet.

Especially since “progress” destroyed smaller groups of humans who might (we don’t really know) have achieved something approaching this ages ago when it was easier with smaller numbers. The flaws and faults of the Brotherhood need to be seen in this context and not simply as the seemingly backward sexism that prevents equality for women to perform as equals to men, this all too often meaning – in the west – to be just as stupid, obnoxious, sexist, racist and most especially, murderously master race-chosen people in theory and practice.

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