Tunisia’s assembly passed a new constitution yesterday. It’s better than it might have been but it’s still flawed.
Parliament agreed the text on Friday after the governing Ennahda party granted a number of concessions, including dropping references to Islamic law.
It guarantees freedom of worship but says Islam is the state religion. It also forbids “attacks on the sacred”, which analysts say is open to interpretation.
That. Very good that references to sharia were dropped, but not good that any religion is the state religion, and bad that it forbids attacks on “the sacred,” whatever the hell that is when it’s at home.
The text also recognises equality between men and women for the first time.
Well that is good.
Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, won the first democratic elections after long-time ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power in 2011.
Damn BBC. There’s no such thing as a “moderate” Islamist party. Islamism is theocracy and that can’t be “moderate” in this world at this time.