"With Libya’s ‘liberation,’ which has brought some positive changes in the country, is also the threat of rising Islamic extremism. In Libya, Egypt, and several Middle Eastern countries, Islamists have gained significant political influence, and sentences against proselytizing, blasphemy, and apostasy are being enforced to an extent never seen under former dictatorships. The Islamist agenda is clear: to establish an Islamic state based on the principles of Sharia law. The ramifications of that agenda in Libya are perhaps clearer now than ever before with the arrest of seven Christian foreigners this month. In this article, Raymond Ibrahim looks at the history of Islam in Libya, questions the Obama administration’s approach in developing a ‘new’ Libya, and fears for the future of Christianity and religious freedoms in the country."
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