Secular Iraqis said on Wednesday a proposed new constitution left no room for doubt about the Islamist path the country was heading down two years after a U.S. led invasion was supposed to produce greater freedoms. The document presented to parliament on Monday is suffused with the language of political Islam in defining the state, and assigns a primary role to Islam as a source for legislation. [...] "We had hoped for a secular constitution that would separate religion from state," said Mirza Dinnayi, leader of the Yazidi sect viewed by Islamists now running Iraq as devil worshippers. "It doesn't even mention some minorities... A constitution that can't ensure the rights of its citizens and equality doesn't deserve to be called a constitution."
A nation heavily influenced by radical religious extremists, no separation of church and state, and no protection for minorities... Sound familiar?