Brotherhood: Sharia must be basis for Egyptian constitution, but it doesn’t have to become theocracy

The Muslim Brotherhood says the Egyptian constitution must be based on Sharia law, but it says the country’s government doesn’t have to become a theocracy:

TIMES NEWS OF ISRAEL – Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood says Islamic Shariah law must be the basis of Egypt’s new constitution, and legislation must be based on the Islamic penal code.

The Brotherhood said in a statement Wednesday that a country ruled by Shariah would not become a theocracy. President Mohammed Morsi comes from the Brotherhood.

The statement appeared to be an attempt to clarify the group’s position toward the country’s most contentious issue — the extent of Islamic influence in governance and legislation.

The 100-member Islamist-led panel tasked with drafting the new document has been facing heavy criticism, mostly from liberals who fear Islamization of Egypt through its work.

So how does that work again? A constitution based on oppressive religious law, but not a theocracy? Hmmmm something doesn’t compute.

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