The following is an excerpt from a blog called Rantings of a Sand Monkey. This is a young Egyptian expressing his reasons for joining the Egyptian revolution.
To tell the truth I much prefer our very own Bill of Rights. Sand Monkey's heart is in the right place but this UN document reeks of socialism, probably because it was drafted by scheming, new world order, Jew-hating, United Nations socialists. Things like Article 25 give me the willies:
Now, let me tell you why I joined the revolution in the first place: Besides getting rid of our past lovely authoritarian regime, all I wanted out of all this was an Egyptian bill of rights, unalienable and irrevocable no matter who is in Power. I wanted the right to free speech, the right to free expression (artistic and otherwise), the right to peaceful assembly, the right to religious freedom, the right of equality between all citizens in terms of rights & freedoms (irrespective of Gender, religion, race, lineage, language, social origin or political opinion), the right to information and transparency to keep our government always in check, the right not to be subjugated to torture, or cruel or inhumane treatment, the right for equal protection of the law and security, the right not to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, exiled or have your citizenship stripped from you, The right to be considered Innocent until proven guilty and to be tried by a fair and impartial civil tribunal, where everyone has legal representation, and finally the right to education. Those are the rights I risked life and limb for, and they are not new or novel ideas, and you can find them all, and many more, in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, right here.
In any event, I fear that the Egyptian Revolution may come to naught because of radical Islam. Already the radical Islam mob is generating noise about Egypt's relations with Israel. Sand Monkey also has his doubts:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Do you, Gentle Reader, ever get the impression that America is greatly and particularly blessed? Look at other revolutions - the French, the Russians, the Chinese - and see what a mess they turned into. And if we are not careful, we'll be needing another one.
[...]in 1991, there was the first real attempt for democratic elections in Algeria, and the Islamic Salvation Front- an Islamist party- ran on the platform that there is no democracy in Islam, and that the moment they will seize power, they will cancel future democratic elections. And they won, the majority actually voted in a party that would end all voting, which led the army to immediately cancel the election, which in turn started a civil war that plunged the country into chaos for a number of years.