Egyptology is a hobby of mine.
Now, allow me to set the record straight. I'm not an "Egyptologist" by any means. I don't have a degree in said discipline. I don't even have a degree in archaeology or anthropology. But, I do have an Associates degree in "Recognizing Stupidity." And this just jumped out at me yesterday:
OK. First of all. The Christian-right-wing web news-blogger sites had a field day with the above picture of an Egyptian man holding this sign during President Obama's trip to Cairo. Oh! This just proves that Obama is a Muslim! This just proves that he's the Muslim World's best buddy! This just proves that he's taking all us non-Muslim Americans to Hell in a hijab!
Seriously? Because some random guy puts Obama's mug on a golden cartouche with a nemes headdress around his head... he's suddenly a Muslim? Wha? Did I miss something? Doesn't he attend a Christian church? And why would it be bad if he is a follower of Islam? I mean, what, no national Christmas tree for four to eight years? I think we'll all survive. If anything, the above sign just gives President Obama a great Halloween costume idea and? Declares our president as a worshiper of Amun, Horus, Seth, Osiris, Isis, Ra, Ra-Horakhty, etc., blah, blah, ad infinitum.
If this is the case, sounds like a temple to Thoth, the god of scribes and knowledge (read: the ancient Egyptian god of geeks), is in order for our nation's capitol.
Secondly, the sign declares OBAMA: New Tutankhamon (sic) of the World. Now, what I'm guessing is that this sign is trying to say that Obama is a visionary of change. A change from the old guard. A change from the last eight years of America's government.
Um, nice, well-meaning Egyptian man? Tutankhamun was not a change. He wasn't a breath of fresh air. Not in the slightest. He was actually an instigator of the old guard politics. Now, Tut's father? He was a man of change. He was Akhenaten and he tore down the old politics of Thebes (the seat of the priests of Amun, the real power in ancient Egypt, and the old gods) and created a new religion (worship of the sun-disk Aten), built a new city (Akhetaten), and ushered in a new era of more realistic art. He was change. Tutankhamun? Not so much. He was a child-king, ruling for just ten years (age 9 to 19), and doing what the old-guard Amun priests told him to do: put the old religion and the old gods back into place, give us back our power, and we'll allow you to be pharaoh.
Definitely not change.
So, now that we've got that squared away, let's summarize:
1) Putting Obama's face in a pharaoh's headdress does not pronounce him a Muslim. It, in fact, simply proves he looks damned good in a nemes.
2) Obama = Change. Tutankhamun = Wuss. Akhenaten = Change.
Therefore: Obama = Akhenaten.
Therefore: The sign should have read OBAMA: New Akhenaten of the World!
Simple math and history, people. You're welcome. Now quit mangling my ancient Egyptian history and I won't have to make like Ammut and eat your dishonest hearts.