Skip to comments.Tunisia: ‘Only a Muslim Can Be President’
Posted on 01/06/2014 12:32:03 PM PST by Olog-hai
The Tunisian Parliament approved a new constitution Monday. Despite reports that the constitution guarantees both separation of powers and civil rights, it lacks one crucial clause: absolute freedom of religionfor its politicians.
The new constitution names Islam as the official religion. While RT reported Sunday that Sharia Law will not be the basis of the constitution, Article 73 of the new plan does demand that the President be exclusively Muslimas a model of being a good Tunisian citizen.
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He is here.
Let’s send them ours!
Islamist Rule in Tunisia is Over
Michael J Totten
Tunisias Islamist prime minister resigned today and ceded power to a caretaker government. He was not overthrown by guerrillas or by the army, but by peaceful and legal means familiar to citizens raised in democracies.
And truthfully, that headline of mine is a little exaggerated. The Islamists never actually ruled in Tunisia. They were simply the largest party in a governing coalition, and they were resisted at every step by millions of liberals, secularists, and socialists who also had a voice and a vote.
When I returned for the second time two years ago, the country didnt look or feel even remotely Islamist. It looked and felt exactly as it did when the government was autocratic and secular, only citizens could finally speak and act freely.
The “weird combination of liberal, libertarian and neocon” chimes in? Remember when the mainstream media called Ennahda “moderate”?
The caretaker government is a bunch of technocrats. That’s a government of oligarchs.
mohammedanism is demonic!
We’ll See what happens.
New Tunisian constitution turning point for Islamist movements
January 14, 2014
From Tunisia comes a glimmer of hope in the dark Arab Spring tunnel. As Tunisia prepares to commemorate the third anniversary of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Alis departure and amid the political crisis, the economic downturn, the security vacuum, and the rise of Salafist groups the majoritys vote on the draft constitution is unprecedented in the Arab world and in Tunisia itself.
The new constitution may be better than Bourguibas constitution, which was a revolutionary breakthrough for separating state and religion. The latest draft constitution, some of whose provisions are still under discussion, is a major accomplishment, given the dominance of religion on politics and society.
The most important article ratified in the new constitution is the one about freedom of conscience. It allows individuals to profess any religion, or even no religion, and practice their beliefs without being deemed apostates. Granting individuals the freedom to choose their own paths prevents anyone from declaring himself a judge on society and a guardian for its intentions. Or at least, it makes such a move very difficult.