Monday, February 21, 2011

Tunisia Now Faces Question of Role of Islam In New Government

Today's New York Times reports that Tunisia, in the wake of its successful revolution, now faces questions of the role of Islam in politics. Many in the traditionally secular and socially liberal country fear that conservative forces will press for infusing Islam into government. On Saturday thousands marched in Tunis demanding separation of religion and government.  The country's main Muslim movement, Ennahdha, opposes imposition of Islamic law in the country. However, last week security forces had to be called out to protect Tunis' brothels from rock-throwing protesters who shouted "No to brothels in a Muslim country!"