Epistle in response to Jim Karygiannis

Jim Karygiannis (Canadian Member of Parliament and Greek patriot) is doing lots of praying for peace, reconciliation and an end to needless violence and loss of life in Egypt. I copy his statement below.

There is no target more tempting than a Member of Parliament who doesn't know his ironic ass from his tickled funny-bone. Strangely, Jim prays for the resolution of a sordid affair that was caused by politicians bearing religion.

President Morsi made it quite clear that he was in the business of running a theocracy. Morsi may have gotten a majority of votes but he represents God, not the people. Now Jim prays for a solution --- hey, Jim, don't you know, Morsi already has God on his side!

Prayer is not the solution. Prayer is the problem!

Jim Karygiannis bleats about "civilian democracy". As opposed to religious democracy? Or perhaps military democracy? I'm only second guessing you Jimbo, but I expect you really ment to say a "representational democracy", one that represents the people (not God).

In theory, Canada has "representational" democracy, which means that every few years we elect someone who purports to represent us all --- even though he wouldn't have a clue or any interest in what most of us think. It's a lousy system, just better than most others.

In reality, we only have a partially representational democracy here in Canada. That's because there is only a partial separation of religion from politics. Heck, we even have a right-religious Monarch to reign over us, how medieval. I'm with Thomas Jefferson:

The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their back, nor a favoured few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.
Funny how political thought peaked 200 years ago...

Statement by MP Jim Karygiannis

Egyptian National Day
Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

July 23rd is the National Day of Egypt. In 2013, this will be a somber occasion.

Today, the violence that the world is witnessing in Egypt is causing great concern for the people of Egypt, members of the international community and the Canadian Egyptian Diaspora. I want to add my prayers to those of the Egyptians in the Diaspora as they watch the ever-changing struggle for democracy unfold. We all pray for peace, reconciliation and an end to needless violence and loss of life in Egypt.

Together with the rest of the world, I trust that the interim government will diligently work on the announced six-month timetable for a return to civilian democracy in Egypt.

Canada has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the rights of all Egyptians, regardless of faith, to live in peace.

Hopefully next year will be a year for celebration as Egypt will have hopefully overcome all her difficulties.