Worth a careful reading... ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Norman Kurland <thirdway@xxxxxxxx> Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM Subject: Parallel Egyptian To: "Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Subhy Mansour" <mas5949@xxxxxxxxx>, Sherif Mansour < sherifmnsour@xxxxxxxxx> Dear Ahmed and Sherif, Thank you both for the invitation to attend a meeting on developing a Parallel Constitution for Egypt. Great idea. Sorry, I'll be in Connecticut on Saturday. Below is a Preamble developed mainly by Bob Crane and me for a Proposed Abraham Federation to address the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the Holy Land that might be appropriate for developing an Egypt Parallel Constitution: PREAMBLE OF A PARALLEL CONSTITUTION FOR EGYPT All sovereignty derives from the highest sovereignty of the Divine Creator and Sustainer and begins with the individual person. This inalienable sovereignty of the person bestows on every man, woman, and child basic duties to respect and to enjoy universal justice in the form of inalienable human rights. These rights, enshrined in the universal principles of natural law and in the transcendent law of every world religion, consist of freedom of religion (haqq al din); life (haqq al haya); family and community (haqq al nasl); private, individual ownership of society's wealth-producing assets (haqq al mal); self-determination through political freedom (haqq al hurriya); gender equity (haqq al karama); and freedom to pursue knowledge (haqq al 'ilm). Freedom of religion requires not mere tolerance of diverse beliefs and spiritual paths but true pluralism by acknowledging the legitimacy of different faith traditions in the plan of God so that members can learn from each other in the knowledge that they all have much to offer in advancing everyone's spiritual lives, moral development, and fullest creative potential. Respect for life requires the pursuit of peace through justice. Respect for the family requires support of the nuclear family as the bedrock of society and respect for the communities that derive their value from the families that compose them. Respect for individual private ownership requires institutional means to promote economic justice and material well-being by: 1) enforcing contracts, protecting property, and expanding to all persons and families equal opportunity to participate both as workers and as owners in the creation of wealth, sharing of profits, and in the control over technology and productive enterprises; 2) encouraging a freely competitive marketplace for determining just prices, just wages, and just profits; 3) maintaining a just monetary system for creating no-interest money for expanding ownership of productive property, a fair tax system that encourages productive activity, and inheritance laws that discourage private monopolies of power, privilege, and wealth; and 4) restraining government from ownership of natural resources or in the means of production where such property could be owned broadly by the people, or from abusing its otherwise legitimate monopoly of coercive powers in violation of fundamental economic and social rights; Respect for self-determination of persons, of communities, and of the nation requires political institutions to secure representative government (shura and ijma), federalism, and an independent judiciary. Respect for gender equity requires freedom for women to fulfill their unique responsibilities and to enjoy equal rights with men in all walks of life. Respect for knowledge requires freedom of thought, speech, and association, subject to the other human rights outlined in this preamble. We the People of Egypt, do hereby proclaim these human responsibilities and rights as the fundamental framework and guidance for this Constitution as the Supreme Law of the land. Proposed by Dr.Norman G. Kurland, Center for Economic and Social Justice September 17, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- Norman G. Kurland, J.D. President Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC 20016 (O) 703-243-5155, (F) 703-243-5935 (E) thirdway@xxxxxxxx (Web) http://www.cesj.org "Own or be owned."