Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Just a thought. While I fully support the Christian minority in Egypt, and beyond empathize and sympathize with their situation, we honestly can't be cultural chauvinists, Egypt is predominantly Islamic nation. So the best we can ask for is that our own civil rights and liberties be respected by the Egyptian regimes and Egyptian populations, but we also have to learn to respect their own political sovereignty and decisions. If a majority of Egyptians support the Muslim Brotherhood, then that is their business. Our only response can be to demand that the government and population in Egypt also mutually respect our own rights and Christians within that nation. The Egyptian regime has no right to persecute, discriminate, or neglect the Christian populations, but we can't honestly expect to counter the past 1000 years of history which has firmly placed Egypt as a Muslim nation. We can demand that these respect our rights, but we can't change their affiliations.
Further, I am appalled at the hypocrisy of folks who argue against Islamic political parties when Europe is saturated with openly Christian political parties like the Christian Democrats who control Germany, or those Christian Democrats and Unions in Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Netherlands, Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, the UK, Romania, Moldova, Belgium, and Belarus, not to mention the "Compassionate Conservatives" and the "Religious Right" of the United States. If there can be Christian political parties in Europe who also represent the secular interests of non-Christians including European Jews, Muslims, and non-believers, how can we not also then allow Islamist political parties in the Muslim world, so long as they practice the same tolerance and mutual respect we expect from the Christian Democrats?
It goes both ways. In this regard then, we have simply NO RIGHT to tell Egypt or any other Muslim country that they can't have religious political parties, considering Europe has plenty. Further, the European experience demonstrates that religious-oriented political parties can also properly represent their non-religious constituencies, and so we should hold Islamic parties to the EXACT SAME STANDARDS as we do Angele Merkel or Peter Blokhuis.
By the way, I am just trying to be realistic. If we condemn Islamic parties simply because they are religious or Islamic, we are hypocrites, and the Muslims there will surely see this and it will hamper communication. Rather, if we begrudgingly accept these parties, we can then have dialogue and demand with international scrutiny that they support civil rights and justice for all their citizens, just as is expected of the Christian Democrats.