Muslim Brotherhood Crucifies Opponents
August 21, 2012 by Bryan Nash
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has begun crucifying those who oppose President Mohammed Morsi. Some of the victims have been Egyptian Christians.
“It’s anyone who is resisting the new government,” said Raymond Ibrahim of the Middle East Forum and the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “In this particular case, the people attacked and crucified were secular protesters upset because of Morsi’s hostile campaign against the media, especially of Tawfik Okasha, who was constantly exposing him on his station, until Morsi shut him down.”
Center for Security Police Senior Fellow Clare Lopez points to the Quran as the driving force behind the crucifixions.
“Crucifixion is a hadd punishment, stipulated in the Quran, Sura 5:33, and therefore an obligatory part of Shariah,” Lopez said. “It’s been a traditional punishment within Islam since the beginning, even though it’s not exclusively Islamic. The Romans used it too.
“So, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood haven’t the option to not include crucifixion within their legal code. It’s obligatory to comply with Shariah. And yes, it’s for shock value also to be sure.”
Analysts say that the situation will only worsen with time.
“These are Islamic hardliners who do everything by the Quran,” pointed out Pamela Gellar, an analyst of the Mideast and Islam.
“The Quran says, ‘Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land,” Gellar said.
News reports confirm that opponents of Morsi have been crucified naked on trees.