NRO Corner Blog
February 2, 2011
by Paul Marshall
My esteemed colleague Lela Gilbert has forwarded this amazing post from an Atlantic blog. Marc Ambinder, White House correspondent for National Journal and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, reports (emphasis added):
A number of White House officials were given an Encyclopedia Britannica-like briefing about the basics: how many U.S. citizens were inside the country and contingency plans to get them out; reminders that Egypt wasn’t a Muslim country; Hosni Mubarak was a Coptic Christian of a certain sect; the Muslim Brotherhood was at once an opposition political party and a co-opted part of the social system . . .
However, there is no shadow of a suggestion of a suspicion that Mubarak is a Christian (even of a “certain sect”), not even by al-Qaeda, which profligately applies erroneous religious labels, including that Mahmoud Abbas is a Baha’i and Barack Obama is an apostate Muslim.
Either Ambinder is gravely mistaken or, more worryingly, the White House is gravely adrift in the experts whose advice it seeks. Such a comment injures the Copts, since it ties them to a failing regime, and, if it is indicative of beliefs in the White House, bodes ill for us all.
Paul Marshall is a Senior Fellow with Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.
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