Mouneer Anis—The First Islamist President of Egypt

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The majority of Egyptians have been holding their breath over the last few days. They were eagerly awaiting the announcement of the first president after the 25th of January Revolution. It was announced this afternoon, the 24th of June, that Mohammed Mursi won 51.7 percent of the votes, while his opponent Ahmed Shafiq won 48.3 percent. By this close margin, Mursi became the first Islamist President in Egypt....

We as a church accept the results of the election. We are committed to praying for Mursi, and we hope that he will fulfill his promises. We will continue to speak out if there is any deviation in our democratic journey.

We trust in God and His promises in the middle of this uncertainty and anxiety. He promised that the gates of Hades will never overcome His church. Please pray for our beloved country Egypt.

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Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Katherine wrote:

This statement is among the least optimistic I have read from Bishop Mouneer.  Democracy advocates here in the U.S. will need to face the fact that democracy in Egypt has meant an Islamic government, one more Islamic than the Mubarak regime, which was never entirely “freedom” for Christians, but relatively better than it has been since Mubarak’s fall.  The Christians of Egypt, and the Muslims too, need our prayers, and the Anglicans need continued support for their ministries, many of which reach Muslims with medical care, food aid and education.

June 25, 4:21 pm | [comment link]
2. jkc1945 wrote:

Egypt, and likely the entire Middle East, are doomed to an immediate future of disruption, a downhill slide of diplomatic relations, and ultimately war.  I am sorry - - no one wants to make this kind of prediction, but that is how I see it.  Only Christ can save that area of the world, or for that matter, any of the world.  Let us pray for them.

June 25, 5:25 pm | [comment link]
3. David Keller wrote:

There will be no democracy in Egypt. If there isn’t a civil war, there will be an Islamic theocracy and dictatorship ala Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood is an evil organization.

June 25, 6:36 pm | [comment link]
4. Jill Woodliff wrote:


June 25, 10:33 pm | [comment link]
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