It only took CNN, what? A year and a half to say what I warned of back in January 2011. And continued to warn of in the ensuing months.
Of course, even the author can't go so far as to blame Islam itself, saying instead that the majority of the Muslim world is "wrongly interpreting the religion." Uh, no, it is CNN that is wrongly "interpreting" the religion. Under Islam you cannot interpret. The word of the qu'ran is literal and absolute.
"Egypt's Islamists: Much to prove on women's rights" (CNN) June 28, 2012 Hat tip Kamala
Regardless of the fact that Muslim Brotherhood declared in 2007 that they may never allow Egyptian "women or Coptic Christians" in decision-making positions, they did not hesitate to exploit women to appear more moderate than other Islamist groups and appeal more to the political scene. In 2005 parliamentary elections, they put three women among the 133 candidates on their parliamentary election campaign platform. These women were the wives of prominent members in the group. They were politically weak and generally unpopular. One of them was Makarem Eldiary, who included many items in her political agenda that were clearly discriminatory towards women.
Her equivalent in the post-revolution parliament is Azza Al-Garf who has been lobbying against the 2003 legislation that criminalizes the savage practice of female genital mutilation.
A few weeks after her statements, the Muslim Brothers' Freedom and Justice Party launched a medical convoy that roamed Upper Egyptian cities looking to circumcize girls.
The Muslim Brotherhood cannot be solely blamed for the marginalization of Egytian [sic]women, whose rights are almost grinding between two large stones. The first is the patriarchal mind-set that traps women in stereotypical female roles and stigmatizes any woman who tries to break out of this mold. The second is the rise of political Islamists who encourage this patriarchal mentality and are wrongly interpreting religion to justify the social and political marginalization of women in the name of Islam.