Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fr Henri Boulad, S.J. On The Situation In Egypt, “How democratic countries can support such movements is disgusting,”

Fr. Henri Boulad, S.J.
A priest who directs the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria, Egypt, blasted Western support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during a visit to Parliament Hill. Jesuit Father Henri Boulad, 82, a Melkite Catholic, singled out the United States, France and Great Britain for their support of the Islamist group, which he said has created a regime far worse than the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak that preceded it. He warned of looming catastrophe. “How democratic countries can support such movements is disgusting,” Father Boulad told a meeting of the Middle East Discussion Group at a luncheon hosted by Canadian Sen. Ann Cools. The Jesuit described Egypt as unstable and that the government is running out of money to provide basic services. Income from tourism has decreased because of strict restrictions on tourist activity and a dangerous lack of security, he said. Forces comprised of a wide array of thinkers, journalists, youth, Christians and a large number of Muslims who oppose the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood are rallying to challenge the regime, he said. “Grass-roots people are more and more convinced these people are liars,” Father Boulad said. Muslim opponents, he explained, “don’t want this kind of Islam.” “I am speaking up and saying ‘Don’t be intimidated by these people,’” he said. “Resist in the name of your principles.”
Father Boulad charged that the Muslim Brotherhood has a systematic plan to harass Christians so that they will leave Egypt and that among their tactics is the kidnapping and rape of Christian girls. The organization also invokes human rights to silence critics in France, Canada and elsewhere, using the courts against people who speak up, he said. The government cries “Islamophobia” and it “is politically incorrect to be an Islamophobe,” he said.

“The United States, France and Great Britain are supporting this. It’s crazy,” he added. “Intellectual and factual terrorism is being implemented not only in Egypt but all over the world. You cannot speak up. They go to court; they accuse you.” “As long as Islam is not reformed, we are going to catastrophe,” Father Boulad warned. Fortunately, he continued, some people have the courage to speak up. He said he hoped liberal democracies would support the growing coalition opposing the Egyptian ruling party.
Link (here) to Catholic Sun


Qualis Rex said...

Kudos to Father Boulad for his courage to speak up. The current Egyptian regime is by all measurements worse than Hosni Mubarak...and this is the irony. There are even less freedoms than when the "Arab Spring" began. It's the same formula we have seen repeated in Iraq, Lybia and Tunisia.

Leyla said...

I just read your article in the Catholic Register. I am appalled by your harsh comments & discrimination against Islam and the Muslims. What gives you the right to condemn anyone or their religion?

Qualis Rex said...

Leyla - first off, welcome to the free world where everyone is entitled to an opinion. You may not like it, but you have a choice not to read/listen to it. Second, a religion founded by a slave-owning, murdering, thieving, pedophile is by its definition to be condemned. There are so many errors in the Qur'an it is laughable. You can believe what you want; just remember in Mohammedan countries under shari'a you don't get this choice (inconvenient for you to understand, I realize).

Mohammad Nasr said...

The Moslem brotherhood wants to impose Sharia law on Egypt. Which is based on 7th century Islam. This is the aim of all Islamic political movement. Cutting hands of thieves and stoning to death adulteresses. Where is human rights and civil rights ? As to democracy in Egypt, forget it . This country does not have even the minimum requisits of a Democracy, The Egyptians have really never ruled their country. It was the Greco- Romans, followed by the Arabs, the Turks the Brits until Nasser came to powe in 1952. He is the first Egyptian to rule this country since the Pharoahs.
Democracy in Egypt is a dream of the intellectuals not the majority of the Egyptians who do not know what it really is !