Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

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God,

In all that happened this week in Egypt, the impression is not nearly as strong as that received from summer catch-up. First I read the news, largely from Egyptian sources. One could not be happier for the progress in the country.

But then I read the analysis, largely from Western sources. One could not be more depressed over the regression in the country.

Revolution. Coup. Hero. Autocrat. Strong state. Deep state. Terrorists. Detainees.

Some coverage was balanced; some was not. But reviewing the news of the summer felt like whiplash. I am still dizzy.

Egyptian media seems to have stabilized its perspective, as has the world’s. God, may they not remain in different places.

Even within all the necessary nuance, there is truth to the matter. May it be found, and be universally recognized. May it trump opinion. May it dismiss conspiracy.

May it be transparent.

God, censure those who spin the news to their own favor. Rebuke those who push an agenda. Events will always have interpretation; newsmen can never be fully objective.

But multiply, God, both evidence and fidelity. Release the information necessary; enable journalists to tell the story rightly.

And then may it be heard, by ears willing to hear.

Help all to live in the light, God. Shine in Egypt, and abroad.

Amen.

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