Egypt’s “Arab Spring”: Blooming Fatwas…

The fertilizer is growing on the new budding Egypt:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists have won 42 individual seats in the run-off round of the first stage of the country’s parliamentary elections, state media reported Wednesday, citing preliminary results.

The two most powerful Islamic forces in Egypt gained 80 percent of the 52 individual seats contested in the run-off, consolidating their gains in the first stage of the multi-phase polls…

Yes … Yes, I know. It was, and is, all about democracy. That is the most important thing here … the democratic process. We have been told not to expect it to look like Western democracy. You know what? It sure doesn’t. And the pesky little thing about gaining democracy only to use it to vote yourself out of a democracy in the first heartbeat of its existence has to be the height of insanity. There are no “do-overs” once it’s gone. (It’s a lot like the Genie saying, “Ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds.”) It usually takes rivers of blood and a sea of tears to try to bring back democracy.

As the democratic Egypt’s new governing body takes shape the hardline fundamental extremist Salafists, who have come in second to the Muslim Brotherhood in the election in seats gained in the parliament, have their eager clerics crawling out of the woodwork and laying down the law … fatwas. First on their list are women and infidels … Of course:

Preacher Mustafa al-Adawi issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslim women from wearing high heels because they are a source of seduction for men.

“A woman can only wear high heels for her husband but she is not to do so outside her house,” he said.

Another cleric, Sheikh Mahmoud Amer, had issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from voting for Coptic candidates or their Muslim counterparts who do not pray on regular basis.

“It is forbidden by Islam to vote for them and whoever does that will be committing a grave sin,” he said.

But footwear is not the only evil women are to shun

An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”

The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve.

He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or “make them think of sex.”

He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The sheikh was asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.

Apparently these all-knowing holy men of Allah have been watching too many American lampoon movies.

My friend John Bernard has written a blog piece on Egypt’s and Lybia’s new democracies … and our own political problems.

Are you feeling good about the seers and academics who promised you Roses and Doves in Egypt now?

Many of us had commented that their (Egyptians) first act as free men would be to cast a vote that would drive them right back into slavery but this time to a Sharia centric theocracy. This democracy, such as it is, is proving to be everything we do not want and that the nation of Israel doesn’t need on it’s border. What is proving to be true is that the general population in Egypt is far from Secular and is in fact as ideologically motivated as any of the worst of the Islamic populations in the region.

You think not? Then you will have to explain why the people of Egypt used their one vote to elevate the ideologically driven Muslim Brotherhood to power rather than seek a more moderate or secular representative government.

Yes, and we need to ask ourselves pretty much the same question from our election three years ago, as Al Sharpton clearly pointed out the truth. Now, back to the car wreck

Added update: Cross-posted @ CW

10 thoughts on “Egypt’s “Arab Spring”: Blooming Fatwas…

  1. In the mix as a result of this democratic vote, Copt churches have been burned down and Copts will begin more and more to lose their rights and will soon have to decide if, like the wandering Jews, their only option is to flee. No Christians allowed will soon be the rage.
    I’m sure the first question the Copts are asking themselves is “Why do they hate us so?”

  2. and the second question Honey, might be “Where do we go?”

    Don’t let anyone tell you that people all over the world don’t look to the USA as their “go to” place when the SHTF. Anywhere else is always going to be the second choice.

    Maggie, Chandler’s Watch is still giving malware notices with every view there. I’m not worried! it’s just annoying and wish the boys could repair this.

  3. @ marc-

    Sorry about that. Me too on the boys. I’ll ring Howie later and kick him in the nads…

    @ Honey-

    When I put these posts together I try to tie-up several news links into one commentary. Sometimes there is just too much to include, or I forget I wanted to add one. Here are a few more:

    1. liberals fell hard in election http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Egypt-s-ElBaradei-Liberals-decimated-in-vote-2343420.php

    2. Salafists: We Will Outdo the Muslim Brotherhood
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/egypt’s-salafists-we-will-outdo-muslim-brotherhood

    3. Egypt’s Christians and wealthy could flee the country after the elections http://weaselzippers.us/2011/12/04/rich-egyptians-and-christians-consider-fleeing-country-after-islamists-dominate-elections/

    4. the MB and Salfis could unite and dominate parliament http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/535736

    5. Hamas celebrates the MB’s Victory http://www.investigativeproject.org/3320/hamas-celebrates-muslim-brotherhood-victory

    6. Egypt’s Salfis say Sharia for EVERYONE http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?storyid=1093460836

    7. Egypt: Candidate From Salafi Nour Party Advocates “Rich” Christians Pay Jizya Tax Under Sharia Law… http://weaselzippers.us/2011/12/06/egypt-candidate-from-salafi-nour-party-advocates-rich-christians-pay-jizya-tax-under-sharia-law/

    As I’ve said … Car wreck.

  4. @ asombra

    What’s the saying?

    ‘A people get the government they deserve…’

    We are seeing that in our own country. We have been led down this path that we are a ‘democracy’, and people either ignore or just don’t understand we are a representative REPUBLIC. So the 2008 election of Obamao was the result of decades of this misconception. Now we are not being represented. There were a couple polls (one just this past August) that showed the majority of Americans do not believe the government is acting with the consent of the people. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2011/08/08/poll-just-17-of-americans-believe-the-government-has-the-consent-of-the-governed/

    Now, the occupy (see: socialists/communists) twist and bend that info in a completely different direction than you and I would view it. But the facts are on our side, as we know exactly what the Congress and administrations have been doing, and the money and rights they increasing have taken from us … and continue to.

  5. It’s very depressing, not to mention frightening, that at this point Obama has ANY chance to get re-elected, and he does. His approval numbers should be much lower than they are. We’re not talking subtlety or nuance here. It’s very clear he’s very bad news. But make no mistake, if he should get re-elected (God forbid), it will be squarely the fault of those who voted for him, just like Zapatero in Spain, Chavez in Venezuela, and (even without formal elections) Castro in Cuba. Whatever harm comes from such abysmal misjudgment is the responsibility of those voters or enablers. It’s awful to think, and to know, that so many of one’s fellow citizens are, in fact, highly dangerous.

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