EGYPT: Lefties pooh-poohed the idea that the new rulers would ever destroy the pyramids and Sphinx…

Now that Egypt is run by radical (Muslim Brotherhood) Islamists and the calls for sharia law get louder everyday, can the destruction of all pre-Islamic symbols of a formerly advanced civilization be far behind? And with them, Egypt’s only profitable industry – tourism?

al-Arabiya  An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, who was jailed twice by Hosni Mubarak for terrorist threats, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week.

Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such “idols.”

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences. “God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols,” he added. “When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”

His comments came a day after thousands of ultraconservative Islamists gathered in Tahrir Square to call for the strict application of Sharia law in the new constitution.

But in retaliation to Gohary’s remarks, the vice president of Tunisia’s Ennahda party, Sheikh Abdel Fattah Moro, called the live program and told Gohary that famous historic military commander Amr ibn al-Aas did not destroy statues when he conquered Egypt. “So who are you to do it?” he wondered. “The Prophet destroyed the idols because people worshiped them, but the Sphinx and the Pyramids are not worshiped.”

Gohary, 50, is well-known in Egypt for his advocacy of violence, Egypt Independent reported. “He was sentenced twice, one of the two sentences being life imprisonment. He subsequently fled Egypt to Afghanistan, where he was badly injured in the American invasion. In 2007, he traveled from Pakistan to Syria, which then handed him over to Egypt. After Mubarak’s fall in early 2011, he was released from prison by a judicial ruling,” the newspaper added.

In recent months, fears have surfaced that the ultra-conservative Salafi political powers may soon wish to debate new guidelines over Egyptian antiquities. Islamists have swept the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in the country’s post-revolutionary stage, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists rising to political power.

“The fundamental Salafis have demanded to cover Pharaonic statues, because they regard them to be idols,” Egyptian author on ancient history Ahmed Osman told Al Arabiya English, explaining that Salafi Muslims follow conservative religious principles which view statues and sculptures as prohibited in Islam. “But so far the government has done nothing to indicate what is the future of Egyptian antiquities,” adds Osman.

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21 comments on “EGYPT: Lefties pooh-poohed the idea that the new rulers would ever destroy the pyramids and Sphinx…

  1. Great. More world heritage faces destructon by 7th Century megalomaniacs. I hope Leftists find this as “enriching” as it is to the rest of us.

  2. While it would be tragic to Egypt and the World, the silver lining would be the revelation of Islam in a way that even the Libtards could not deny. I welcome Sharia for Egypt for the same reason. I hope The lives of Egyptians under the Muslim Brotherhood is at the far side of unbearably sadistic. I hope it will help the World wake from the delusional slumber that it finds itself in presently.

  3. Talk about destroying idols ,yes why dont you , there is one big idle you can destroy and thats thet big BLACK ROCK that you all seem to run around ,isn’t that an idle that is being worshipped by the muslims.?

  4. By threatening to cut off funding, Obama had the Egyptian army back off so that the Muslim Brotherhood could win their election (by a hair) Congress can issue the same threat to Egypt’s lunatic fringe by threatening that if they destroy historical objects of any kind all U.S. aid will cease. That will get fast action

  5. Muslims will destroy the pyramids and the Sphinx – since when can they be reasoned with? The Left will borrow billions more from China to give them aid. Result? Well fed terrorists, Christians with severed tongues and yup, they STILL hate us.

  6. it would be a shame to destroy the Sphinx and the Pyramids. the Buddhas statues blown up by the stupid fools stood for over 2000 years and were considered works of art. but then i forget art isn’t permitted
    but total destruction is is. i guess that was the excuse for the recent destruction of a mosque that stood for 800 years wonder if Mecca and Medina will be next?

  7. Dear BNI and BNI readers:

    The destruction of those magnificent towering Buddha statues had at least a few in the pro-Islamic media horrified. However, in the years since their destruction… the more dhimmified the media has become. So much that when the historic shrines of Muslim saints from an offshoot Islamic sect were destroyed in Mali earlier this year… basically no one noticed.

    Any time construction workers (almost always NON-MUSLIMS brought in from other nations) in Muslim lands come across pre-Islam archaeological sites, artifacts, etc… they are instructed to destroy them. When Islamists invaded Mali, Darfur and other African states… jewelery items, amulets, etc- representing different tribal cultures and animist beliefs… were ripped off the bodies of the owners. Fetishes, statuettes and other “pagan objects” found amongst personal possessions or homes of Africans holding animist beliefs would see their property destroyed. Keep in mind these were not only of value to their owners, but had anthropoligical and artistic value as well.

    Recently in Israel, muslims have ripped up timbers from an ancient Jewish temple and destroyed them. Remnants Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines when uncovered in Islamic nations have as much of a chance to be further damaged as they have of being excavated.

    Islamists in Europe have tried (so far unsuccesfully… once again “so far”) to remove, cover up or alter works of art from the medieval era and renaissance that have depicted Islamists in ways found offensive by Muslims. Did these Islamic Imbeciles really expected Christian artists who when learning of the blood lust of the Muslims during the Crusades to actually create paintings and art work praising “Allah”, I mean PULLLEEEZZZEEE you stupid Islamic- #@*$”?## get a clue.

    Why al these references to OTHER works of art, archaeological sites and even small objecs (amulets, etc) of non-Islam origin? Well, the Islamists if not successful in destroying all of the above… are hellbent on doing so. Don’t think that global treasures like the Sphinx and Pyramids can be immune.

    The muslims do this to re-write history and to re-enforce a belief that any time period before Islam arrived was inherently inferior.

    If you don’t destroy historic cathedrals, synagogues, shrines and temples… then take over those former places of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sihk and Hindu worship…. and tell Muslim children these buildings have always been Islamic.

    Attempt to alter paintings which depict the truth about Islamic barbarism in the Crusades. Obliterate shrines of saints… to get rid of proof that another sect or Islam existed in a land before your own Muslim denomination arrived.

    …and so it goes. On a similar note of re-writing history; as an American Indian I have had way too many discussions with muslims who believe that they- muslims are the “indigenous peoples” of America. Strange. I have friends who are Pawnee, Miami, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Sac & Fox, etc, etc… who would argue that point.
    I also, believe that numerous American Indian historic sites and archaeological sites that I have come to promote, study and visit… would not last long in a sharia dominated USA society. Neither would countless and priceless American Indian artifacts and works of art; after all they portray a culture that doesn’t reflect Islam.

    My gut reaction is the days of these ancient treasures, the Sphinx and Pyramids are numbered. Oh, and the reference in the article about the Sphinx… muslims centuries ago defaced the Sphinx and destroyed the nose.

  8. Might take a whaile. As much as egyptology has interested me all the way back to grammar school, never will they get a dollar of mine as a tourist. I fear for the wellbeing of any archeologist or scientist working there. Igonrance beyond belief is their immediate future. Egypt is going to revert back to the stone age.

  9. The sooner they tear them down the better. Firstly, without tourism Egypt cannot survive financially, secondly no lefty will be able to praise Islam after this.

    • Egypt will do fine financially without the pyramids. obama will simply send more of our tax(jizya) dollars to them. As for the lefties, they will scream and whine over the destruction for awhile, then will dutifully go back to praising muslims and attacking anyone for daring to “insult” or criticize islam.

      If only the msm and leftists would show 1/10 of 1% as much concern for the coptic christians in egypt as they would for old statues and buildings.

  10. Stupid is that stupid does. They want nothing left to remind the world that there were Jews in it. So when the extinction comes they will already have all history an archeological facts burned or destroyed to make up their own lies.

  11. Regardless of whether they trash Egypt’s national treasures, these shit for brained hard liners don’t have a head for anything constructive. They are going to run the country into the ground. One big fucking slum in the Middle East. Poor Israel, they need to fire up some stuff and light those fuckers up. Chickenshits obama and hillary etc. won’t be there to help I would guess. Maybe it should be time for Americans to volunteer to go over and help the Israelis.

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