A conservative leader says the world shouldn't be surprised that
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi -- a product of the Muslim
Brotherhood -- is moving towards dictatorial rule.
Clashes erupted this week in Egypt's Tahrir Square as various
factions protested Morsi's declaration of power. At least one
person has died among the estimated 200,000 demonstrators. And on
Wednesday, Egypt's highest appeal court decided to suspend its work
nationwide to protest Morsi's decrees giving himself nearly
Gary Bauer, president of American
Values, said Morsi's announcement came just after being hailed
by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama
for his role in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas
terrorists in Gaza.
"Sadly, the White House and the State
Department have been virtually silent in the face of this power
grab," Bauer laments. "But it's very bad news long-term for the
people of Egypt, for our ally Israel, and ultimately for the United
States and our position in the Middle East."
Bauer calls a statement issued by the U.S. State Department weak
and lacking in moral outrage. "It is now more and more clear that
Egypt is becoming an Islamic state governed by Sharia law," he
Dr. Michael Youssef, pastor of The Church of the Apostles in
has described Washington's handling of the matter as one
resembling a confrontation between a professional (Morsi) and an
Bauer tells OneNewsNow he is disturbed that so many political
figures in Washington, DC's Beltway are expressing surprise by
"This is man whose entire life has been molded by the Muslim
Brotherhood, [which] was banned in Egypt for decades," he points
out. "People forget why they were banned. [It's] because they were
implicated in the assassination of Anwar Sadat, and at that point
the group was made forbidden."
Egypt is ranked No. 15 on the
Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries, which are the
worst persecutors of Christians.