Cal Thomas: Who needs reform most, Egypt or America?

BY CAL THOMAS Published: September 29, 2012
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Respect cuts both ways

Some might agree with the indictment by Morsi and other Arab and Muslim leaders of American attitudes when it comes to sex and relationships, given the societal consequences — unwanted pregnancies, single-parent homes. He told the Times he doesn't like the West's looser sexual mores, including cohabiting unmarried couples and what he called “naked restaurants” like Hooters. He is also troubled by the gangs and violence in Los Angeles (he was a graduate student at the University of Southern California).

I don't like the looser sexual mores either, but the difference is that in America we don't have “virtue” police, as some Arab and Muslim states do, to force people to live and act in accordance with the dictates of self-appointed and often hypocritical religious and political elites.

Respect cuts both ways. The United States has demonstrated more than respect in the large amounts of aid we give to Arab nations. Then there is what we pay for their oil. That they have mostly not used those enormous resources to elevate their people, especially women, is not America's fault. It is the fault of a bad economic system, a worse governmental system and a religious system that believes the kingdom of its god is to be ushered in on Earth by force.

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