In Egypt, 30 percent like Hizballah (66 percent don’t). 49 percent are favorable toward Hamas (48 percent are negative); and 20 percent smile (72 percent frown) at al-Qaida. Roughly speaking, one-fifth of Egyptians applaud the most extreme Islamist terrorist group, while around one-third back revolutionary Islamists abroad. This doesn’t tell us what proportion of Egyptians want an Islamist government at home, but it is an indicator.
In Egypt, 82 percent want stoning for those who commit adultery; 77 percent would like to see whippings and hands cut off for robbery; and 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.
Asked if they supported “modernizers” or “Islamists” only 27 percent said modernizers while 59 percent said Islamists'
Thanks Maury for posting the link.
This is not surprising. The leader of the 9/11 hijackers was an Egyptian. AQ's #2 is an Egyptian. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt. The Egyptians like to think they are pious Muslims and they say they want Islamic law, even if they really don't know what Islamic law really means and how it will be enforced.
3 out of 10 Egyptians (and 2 out of 5 Egyptian women) are illiterate. 30% of Egyptians are not educated enough to even read the Qur'an, which instructs Muslims to respect Jews and Christians. Probably 2 out of 5 Egyptian women think that female circumcision is a requirement of Islam. Regardless of what the Qur'an says and whether Egyptians actually follow the Qur'an, it (Islam) should have nothing to do with Egypt's constitution. Egypt's constitution, which should resemble America's (without gun rights), must supersede Islam. Same with Iraq's constitution, which still needs amending, by the way.
Islam has been mixed with politics since the beginning of Islam. It's time to stop. Egyptians may learn the hard way, like Iraqis have. I hope not.
I wonder how many Egyptians would want an Islamic government if a sovereign contiguous Palestinian state emerges and East Jerusalem becomes its capital.