Fr. Henri Boulad
OTTAWA – A priest who directs the Jesuit Cultural Centre in Alexandria, Egypt, blasted Western support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during a visit to Parliament Hill.
Jesuit Father Henri Boulad singled out the United States, France and Great Britain for their support of the Islamist group, which he said has created a regime far worse than the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak that preceded it. He warned of looming catastrophe.
"How democratic countries can support such movements is disgusting," Boulad told a meeting of the Middle East Discussion Group at a luncheon hosted by Senator Ann Cools.
The Jesuit described Egypt, where the Brotherhood holds power, as unstable and said the government is running out of money to provide basic services. Income from tourism has decreased because of strict restrictions on tourist activity and a dangerous lack of security.
Forces comprised of a wide array of thinkers, journalists, youth, Christians and a large number of Muslims who oppose the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood are rallying to challenge the regime, he said.
"Grassroots people are more and more convinced these people are liars," Boulad said. Other Muslims "don't want this kind of Islam."
"I am speaking up and saying 'Don't be intimidated by these people,'" he said. "Resist in the name of your principles."
Boulad charged that the Muslim Brotherhood has a systematic plan to harass Christians so they will leave Egypt and that among their tactics is the kidnapping and rape of Christian girls.
The organization also invokes human rights to silence critics in France, Canada and elsewhere, using the courts against people who speak up, he said.
"The United States, France and Great Britain are supporting this. It's crazy," he added.
Fortunately, some people have the courage to speak up. He said he hoped liberal democracies would support the growing coalition opposing the party.