The more pragmatic Muslim Brotherhood is poised to take the largest share of votes, as much as 45 percent. But the Nour Party, which espouses a strict interpretation of Islam in which democracy is subordinate to the Quran, could win a quarter of the house, giving it much power to affect debate. A spokesman, Yousseri Hamad, said his party considers God’s law the only law. “In the land of Islam, I can’t let people decide what is permissible or what is prohibited,” Hamad told The Associated Press. “It is God who gives the answers as to what is right and what is wrong.” The Nour Party is the main political arm of the hard-line Salafist Muslim movement, which espouses a strict form of Islam similar to that practiced in Saudi Arabia. Salafis, who often wear long beards and seek to imitate the life of the Prophet Muhammad, speak openly about their aim of turning Egypt into a state where personal freedoms, including freedom of speech, women’s dress and art, are constrained by Islamic law — goals that make many Egyptians nervous. Salafis object to women in leadership roles, citing Muhammad as saying that “no people succeed if led by women.” However, when election regulations forced all parties to include women, Salafi cleric Yasser el-Bourhami relented, saying that “committing small sins” is better than “committing bigger ones” — by which he meant letting secular people run the government. In the end, the party put women at the bottom of its lists, represented by flowers since women’s photos were deemed inappropriate. This week, Salafi cleric and parliamentary candidate Abdel-Monem Shahat caused a stir by saying the novels of Egypt’s Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, read widely in Egyptian schools, are “all prostitution.”

I guess all these individuals are not “true” muslims….

According to the book, Jobs never went back to church after he saw a photo of starving children on the cover of Life Magazine. Later, he spent years studying Zen Buddhism.

Bio: Steve Jobs was bullied, quit church at 13 - books - TODAY.com

The problem of evil is one of the most, if not the most, forceful argument against the god of the three major monotheist religions.

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4:34 Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

Some things don’t require commentary.  ~ Kim

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4:34 Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

Some things don’t require commentary.  ~ Kim

After midnight, mobs roamed downtown streets, attacking cars they suspected had Christian passengers. In many areas, there was no visible police or army presence to confront or stop them. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people, blame the country’s ruling military council for being too lenient on those behind a spate of anti-Christian attacks since Mubarak’s ouster. As Egypt undergoes a chaotic power transition and security vacuum in the wake of the uprising, the Coptic Christian minority is particularly worried about the show of force by ultraconservative Islamists.

Riots over church attack in Egypt kill 24 - World news - Mideast/N. Africa - msnbc.com

I would like to know what other factors, other than religious differences, would be at play here.

-FA

These attacks are meant to protest Israeli government policies seen as sympathetic to the Palestinians, who hope to make the West Bank part of an independent state. Nationalist settlers oppose a Palestinian state on what they say is land promised to the Jews in the Bible.

Religion: a big part of the problem while having little to no part of the solution.

If religious nonsense (god gave us this land and the $$$ from USA Christians funds us) was taken out of the equation humanity would be one step closer to solving this problem. No doubt about it.

-FA

Nadarkhani, in his early 30s, converted from Islam to Christianity at 19 and then became a pastor of a small evangelical congregation called the Church of Iran, AFP reported. He was arrested in 2009 and condemned to death for apostasy under strict Islamic Sharia laws, which do allow for such verdicts to be overturned if the convicted person “repents” and renounces his conversion.

So I guess the whole “there is no compulsion in Islam” is something optional in Sharia Law. Optional as in non-existent.

In a conversation with a federal informant, Ferdaus allegedly explained how in ancient times, God uses natural disasters to punish evil civilizations, and he would use them today. “For us, we’ve gotta do that,” he said, according to the affidavit. “Allah has given us the privilege … he punishes them by our hand. We’re the ones.” Ferdaus is a U.S. citizen who graduated from Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, according to the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.

The previous reminds me of the following quote:

"Given the degree to which religious ideas are still sheltered from criticism in every society, it is actually possible for a person to have the economic and intellectual resources to build a nuclear bomb — and to believe that he will get 72 virgins in paradise. And yet, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, liberals continue to imagine that Muslim terrorism springs from economic despair, lack of education and American militarism.

I don’t know how many more engineers and architects need to blow themselves up, fly planes into buildings or saw the heads off of journalists before this fantasy will dissipate. The truth is that there is every reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world’s Muslims now view all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how sociopathic their behavior. This benighted religious solidarity may be the greatest problem facing civilization and yet it is regularly misconstrued, ignored or obfuscated by liberals.”

-Sam Harris

My bad. Apparently the 9-11 hijackers last words were “damn capitalist foreign policy” as opposed to “god is great”….
"The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not  "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor  were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith—perfect  faith, as it turns out—and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a  terrible thing to be."       —        Sam Harris (The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason)

My bad. Apparently the 9-11 hijackers last words were “damn capitalist foreign policy” as opposed to “god is great”….

"The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith—perfect faith, as it turns out—and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be."
Sam Harris (The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason)