Conservatives here in America and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are two very different groups. But there is a lesson to be learned from the revolution which happened in Egypt this week.
Mohammed Morsi’s government failed because it wasn’t inclusive enough. When running for office, Morsi promised to include women and Christians in his administration, to be respectful of minority rights. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed that they were realistic and did not have any delusions about being able to set up a fundamentalist religious state in Egypt. With these promises, they convinced even some moderate Egyptians to vote for them.
Once they got into office, it was a different story, and they wasted no time trying to build a society based on sharia law. But a new generation of Egyptians doesn’t want a traditional Islamic state forced on them, and we saw the results of that yesterday.
Republicans in this country face a similar dilemma. They have to at least pretend to be inclusive and accepting of women, immigrants, minorities and non-Christians. They know that if they don’t, they may never win a national election again. But when they’re in office, they seemingly can’t help themselves. They instantly focus on limiting women’s rights, making voting difficult for their fellow Americans–and trying to build a society based on religious law.
The new world we live in is a small and shrinking one. We are part of a global economy and a global communication system. We interact with people of different cultures and faiths on a regular basis.
Any political party or group which only appeals to one race, one religion, one tradition is already turning itself into a dinosaur, and if it’s not careful, it may go extinct. Republicans–take note.