Egypt has put up its Constitutional Declaration in English, and I am examining it. Articles 1 and 2 are as follows:
The Arab Republic of Egypt is a state with a democratic system, based on citizenship, and the Egyptian people are a part of the Arab nation working toward achieving its comprehensive unity.
Islam is the religion of the state, and the Arabic language is its official language. The principles of Islamic law are the chief source of legislation.
I am not going to speak for or against this formulation, it's about what you would expect. I am, however, seeing floating before my eyes any number of anti-Zionist types who have told me, with tears in their eyes, how backward, primitive, inherently racist, and inimical to peace it is for Israel to want to be identified as a Jewish state.
And I wonder what they will have to say about this precise double-whammy of self-identification by ethnicity and religion.
No, actually, I don't wonder. They'll scoot right along to show me the later articles promising freedom of religion, and not see their hypocrisy at all.