MyBloogle on @BBC5live – Time to Talk

Egyptians are in a state of tension, anxiously awaiting the results of the referendum on the Constitution.

Some wait quietly, whilst others (such as myself) who are more vocal, seek to make their opinion heard. And what better venue to do so than via the BBC?

It all started this morning at 7am as I sat down at my desk at work and began with my usual daily ritual of checking BBC  for the latest news (simply refreshing the page and checking the Most Popular Read items on the right hand side).

When it came to reading articles about Egypt and the current referendum, the following thoughts came to my mind, and as is the deal with writers, found their way down to my finger tips and onto my computer. It also happened to find its way to this very post (here):

I voted no in the referendum.

What has happened in Egypt is an irony of Shakespearean proportion: the jailers are now the prisoners, and the prisoners are now the jailers.

Whereas the old era of the Mubarak regime used to blatantly fake election results, the new regime is preying on the illiterate and uneducated. You have only to watch the news to understand their ploy.

They have made it a war against Islam, as opposed to a socio-political scheme. Forty percent of Egypt is uneducated – they cannot read or write. One does not say they are oblivious; however, their opinion is easily swayed, whether it be by the preacher at their mosque, or the one distributing foodstuffs to them.

Will the “yes” win by a majority? Yes. Will it be true? Yes, to an extent. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have preyed on the fears of the uneducated, leading them to believe it is their religious duty to vote yes. If you watch the TV channels, the majority of those citing yes are saying yes to Islam, not to the constitution.

The MB (Freedom & Justice Party) are using the same “scare tactics” previously employed by the previous regime to influence voter emotion. Their persistent and recurring argument against any that seek to deny MB rule is: why are you against Sharia if you are Muslim? Why are you against Islam? This haymaker of a rebuttal to a legitimate inquiry by those that have read and disagree with the constitution means many stop with an awkward pause.

Arabic is such a language that the simple addition of a mere letter to a word can completely change the entire meaning of it.

And therein lies the problem: those reading the constitution are not familiar with “legalese”, or terminology used in legal proceedings. Hence, anyone short of a lawyer or judge reading the constitution will not be fully versed in all its meanings.

The majority claiming to support the constitution on TV are illiterate and claim they support “Islam”, further proving the point that they have no idea what machinations exist within the apparently subtle texts of the constitution.

I am not a lawyer. I am not a judge. I read the constitution, understood what I could, and listened to panelists discuss the Red Flags of the constitution.

No draft is perfect from the get-go, however, it is what is written between the lines that causes alarm.

And so, the BBC got in touch with me, and long story short, I’m a panelist on their show today!

Stay tuned.

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