Egyptian President’s Courageous Words


Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror and violence (“Nous Sommes Charlie: Jewish community reacts to Paris attacks,” Jan. 16), a gift of inestimable value has been
bestowed. On Dec. 28, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, “It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing and destruction all over the world. … The Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed and is headed to perdition. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition. We need to revolutionize our religion.”

The extraordinary, unprecedented courage of President El-Sisi in taking this position, endangering his life, stands in stark contrast to the misguided message of world lay,
political and religious leaders, who deceive the public by denying that the atrocities, which President El-Sisi seeks to correct, are of Islamic origin.

The significance to world peace of these momentous words, spoken not by our heads of state or religions, but, amazingly, by a leader of the Muslim world, and the head of the most populous Arab nation, preposterously falls on deaf ears.

It is incumbent on our president, Congress, their equivalents in the free world and lay and ecclesiastic leaders to express appreciation and support to President El-Sisi for his stance. Criticism of harsh measures against the Muslim Brotherhood, opponents of his regime, should be set aside. In any society, order must come before justice and freedom.

In like vein, the Muslim community in the United States must be exhorted to openly and positively endorse and support President El-Sisi’s courageous action.

To repeat President El-Sisi’s words, in his selfless move to bring peace to the world: “We need to revolutionize our religion.”

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  1. In his interview with Matthew Yglesias on VOX.COM ( President Obama declared: “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Obama conveniently omits the zealots are Islamic terrorists. He omits that the “bunch of folks” were killed because they were Jews. And, Obama coyly used the word ZEALOTS which originally referred to the Jewish sect that (legitimately) resisted the Roman occupation of Judea and Samaria. This is breathtaking.
    Our president has it all wrong. And I am dismayed that none of our Democrat elected officials called him out for this.


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