Egypt’s President Follows US Example In Becoming “New Pharaoh”

It is pretty common for conservatives to complain that the “Arab Spring” is being sold as a movement toward “American-style” democracy when it is actually a move toward Muslim theocratic authoritarianism. That may indeed be true and a bad thing. We can see this especially all being played out in Egypt.

I’m not sure what to say about the Islamic theocracy aspect of the problem. What did anyone expect? If a majority of the people in a democracy wants Islamic law they are going to vote for Islamic law. You can pick democracy or you can pick a secular non-democratic regime that imposes secular laws. You can’t have both democracy and secular laws so please stop pretending. Obviously, whatever our leaders pretend, their decisions in Iraq, then Libya, and now Syria show that they prefer Islamic theocracies, even ones run by the same terrorists we claim to oppose, rather than dictatorships that are able to impose secular norms.

But what if we take away the issue of Islamic theocracy? Then we might find that America is indeed setting an example that is being followed. And we might not like it.

Mohamed Mursi, the elected president of Egypt, has declared on his own authority that his executive decisions are “above review.” He is using these powers to back up a committee of “extremists” who are writing religious laws. According to Bloomberg,

“The committee has faced legal challenges and been criticized by secular groups who contend it is dominated by Islamists forcing through articles that curtail freedoms and don’t represent the country’s religious minorities. ‘Mursi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, who played a key role in last year’s uprising, said on his Twitter account. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.’”

So what inspired Mursi to make such a despotic move? Who would make him think that it is acceptable in a democracy to become a “new pharaoh”? According to Bloomberg, the decrees were made, “a day after Mursi was hailed by President Barack Obama and other leaders for his role in realizing a truce between Hamas and Israel.”

What sort of model and encouragement has Obama been as president? Has he been an example of constitutional division of powers? No! As John Whitehead’s Christian legal organization, The Rutherford Institute has reported,

“Not only did Obama continue many of the most outrageous abuses of the George W. Bush administration (which were bad enough), including indefinite detention and warrantless surveillance of American citizens, but he also succeeded in expanding the power of the ‘imperial president,’ including the ability to assassinate American citizens abroad and unilaterally authorize drone strikes resulting in the deaths of countless innocent civilians, including women and children.”

Whitehead enumerates a long list of ways in which Obama has made the office of the President more powerful, more secretive, and more unaccountable. Not only do such actions damage the United States, they set a disgusting example for other nations. Rather than being a beacon of freedom, we become a role model for dictatorship.

Republicans don’t have the Presidency for four more years. Conservatives need to double down on getting Congress to fight for their own Constitutional role in governing the nation and holding the President accountable. We need freedom at home and a message of freedom going out from us to the rest of the world.


About Mark Horne
Mark Horne was born in Melbourne, Florida, but has also lived in Liberia, West Africa, and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands before graduating from high school. He is an experienced editor and freelance writer, working with Gary DeMar, George Grant, Chuck Colson, and many others. He earned a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and has pastored in Washington State, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, Missouri. Mark is a prolific writer and the author of a layperson's commentary on the Gospel of Mark, a tract on baptism, and a biography of J.R. R. Tolkien. He currently resides in the St. Louis area.
  • Nadine

    Obummer is a traitor...PERIOD!

    • Jerry Kaser

      Absolutely right Nadine

  • gnafuasusual

    Duh! Mohammed Morsi is Muslim Brotherhood. What else would we expect but to see him become Egypt's new Dictator? If Morsi is "copying" the U.S., what does that tell us? Some non-Americans talking with Morsi behind closed doors, me thinks. The United States is a Republic so how does Morsi expect to be a dictator (pharaoh) and copy the United States Republic - a people who believe in Liberty! Muslim Facist ideology does not allow that. The Egyptian people will follow one man's dictatorship and one religion as dictated in the Cu' ran or it's heads-off. If that's 'Liberty', I'll eat my hat. What is happening in Israel is a warning of things to come. HAMAS, supported by Iran, is hiding behind children to fire upon Israel from Gaza Schools, Mosques, Hospitals...expecting Israel to not fire back and if they do, blame Israel for harming the Gaza children. The Media have already been broadcasting what terrible harm Israel is inflicting on the Gaza children but they don't say why that is happening. What kind of bs are our reporters being fed? Does Egypt's Morsi agree that hiding behind children to fire upon Israel is appropriate? Where are the Iranian arms coming from? Who gave them weapons to help destroy Israel?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesbkroeger James Kroeger

    Just what Egypt needs...another pharaoh. The Rapture draws near...be ready!

  • http://twitter.com/gdhdcx james f. Tibbs

    Oblunder is going to be our next pharoh, if we don't impeach him.

    • Nadine

      NOT IF WE CAN HELP IT!! NOOOO WAY!

  • crazyfreddie

    IS THEIR A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EGYPT'S PRESIDENT AND THE ONE THESE LIBERALS NUT JOBS ( DUMB STUPID IGNORANT ILLITERATE ) ELECTED > HELL NO BOTH MUZZIES WHO ARE = DICTATORS

  • Joanne

    Ain't that the truth, we've got a dictator in the making right here in America. He's really gonna run wild now. Moochelle is probably already planning the vacations.

  • David S. McQueen

    Certainly, Morsi is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. And certainly, there are MANY in Egypt who do not like religious fascism. But Morsi, like Obama, was ELECTED by a majority of the people. Of course, many Americans believe that a national election run by 2,000 counties can be rigged and that no voter ID is required in almost all the states that went for Obama. When democratic elections are questioned by the electorate, maybe there IS something wrong. Maybe the pharaoh Morsi and the Marxist Obama DIDN'T allow the voters to choose. Maybe the 49% of voters who went for Romney were right.

  • william sutter

    the WHITEHOUSE is DIRTY very DIRTY

  • WilliamSpires

    One modern day Pharaoh up in Egypt and another on the way in America as soon as Obama finishes destroying the Constitution and the country.

  • Mudpuppy

    Anyone surprised by this? The "Arab Spring" never was. It was just an excuse to get militant Islamists in power. It was only a matter of time. Dictatorships are not established overnight, they creep in. It took Hitler and Lenin/Stalin a few years before they established total control of their countries.

    What "American citizens" were assassinated by drones? If you are referring to that Muzzie Al Qaeda guy (forget his name), he was a US citizen in name only. Muslims CANNOT be American citizens, their system is incompatible with ours. They will never assimilate. I have no problem with killing those "Americans."

  • paco12348

    Two Pharoah's! Ain't that sweet! Don't know about Egypt but the black American Pharoah can be embalmed just anytime and sooner rather than later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    Hey, you bet it is "American style!" A dictator! Wake up the coffee has boiled over!

    Come see us at The Two Minute Conservaive at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com where you will learn to speak so well ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • Rosasolis

    The Islamists are now getting closer to their end - goal: World Domination, as written
    in the Koran, with the passing of each day. Not so long ago the Soenies and the
    Shie-ites used to be bitter enemies. (Remember the long war between Iraq and Iran?
    Not so long ago it seemed that their hate against each other would only increase.
    But lately these former enemies seem to be joining sides in the Jihad against out
    Western Civilization. The Brotherhood in Egypt, (which is also represented in other
    countries in Africa, such as Nigeria), has members of both groups of radical Islamists.
    Our Western World should now begin to realize what would happen if Ahmadinejad
    (Iran) and Morsi (Egypt) would join forces togther! .... First they would attack each and
    every Christian and Jewish community everywhere throughout the Middle-east, followed
    by Africa. Christian communities throughout Egypt, Libanon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Sudan,
    are now daily under brutal attack. Soon this will spread over the entire African continent,
    and into Asia. The Islam goal of World Domination, is to be spread through "fire and the
    sword". That is their Jihad, as written in the Koran. And when this is achieved,
    whether by force or through dictatorship, such as that of Morsi in Egypt or the Ayatollahs
    in Iran, they will force their very cruel and primitive Sharia Law upon all people.
    After they have taken over Africa and much of Asia, Europe will be next.
    They have been trying to take over Europe for centuries. (Read your history books!)
    Our large cities are becoming over-populated with extreme Islamist groups with
    large families. Would you believe it: they are now demanding Sharia Law to solve
    all family problems, and they are also demanding Islamic holidays, such as Ramadan,
    to be declared as National Holidays. So far, our Netherlands government, and also
    the EU, has been able to prevent this. But, terrible crimes against young Islam girls
    and women occur daily, all over Europe. The Safe Houses are full of frightened young
    girls who were forced to leave their education and jobs, to be married off by their own
    family to some older man. If they refuse, then they could become the newest victim
    of ''honor killing". This problem, along will several others is increasing daily.
    After they have taken over Europe, then North-America will be next.
    I hope that in spite of the Recession, and especially because of too much
    Socialism or even Communism, that our Western World does not become lazy or
    unaware to the fast growing threat of Islamization. Our military and police budget
    must not be sacrificed to fund great socialist projects. Illegal Immigration must be stopped.
    More people in our Western Civilization should become aware to the "Dark Clouds
    which are gathering above us all".

    • lara

      Glen Beck was 100% right......for all those who attacked him SHAME ON YOU!!!!

  • Dean

    OBAMA and MORSI Two peas in a pod. SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Inluminatuo

    Do not be deceived, Islam does not mean Peace as the deceiveres would have you believe. It means Submit, with foot on neck and sword at throat. This is what Islam offers you. Islam is a political organization disguised as a Religion, pure and simple. It always has been since the days of its inception. ANYONE who beleives that the Christian based Anglo Saxon concept of a Republican Democracy is able to fucntion in a nation where Islamists are trhe majority are fools. The concepts of individual liberty and rights to private property are totally antithetical to the religion of Islam, who when they become the majority, all individual rights of the person are diminished at the expense of edifying this Political organization disguised as a religion.

    • Mudpuppy

      Exactly why there are no Muslin democracies. Oh, there are the forms and maybe even a shot at it, but they always devolve into some sort of strong-man rule as that is the only thing they understand and the only way to keep them in line. Afghanistan and Iraq will follow that same path after we are gone. We should have left Hussein in power. At least he kept the more radical elements in check. The Iraq war was a mistake. All we succeeded in doing is creating a client state for Iran. If Hussein was a problem, we should have just slapped him around a bit and told him to behave, like Reagan did with Qaddafi. Islam and freedom (democracy) are totally incompatible. You cannot democratize uncivilized barbaric savages.

  • Inluminatuo

    The difference between Mursi and George Washingon is that when Washington was offered the crown by his troops he declined to become king, and in so doing set the paradigm of Individual freedom for American and its citizens. Mursi would show his people no such Mercy. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts Absolutely.

  • LARA

    SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA

  • Bob Marshall

    Visit youtube and watch The Rise and Fall of an Empire. You will see that the causes of the fall of the Roman empire exist in America today.

  • fcsuszka

    And Obama is going to do what again? Oh... Follow suit. You betcha Red Rider.

  • WASP

    Pharoah, or Caliph?