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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, January 10, 2005

Giving Islam a bad name!

You know, in a time where a big part of the world is critically looking at Islam and questioning its reputation and image as a religion of peace and reason, with it's involvement in 22 current world conflicts and all, the Muslims in Egypt seem to be trying extra hard to tarnish its image. Exaggeration? Nahh! By just looking at the news today, i have found me 2 pretty bad examples. The first example has to do with Dr. Nawal El Saadawi decision to nominate herself for the Egyptian presidential elections. Dr. Nawal, in case you are not familiar with her, is a well known Egyptian author and women's rights activists among other things and is running on a socialist platform. I didn't really care when I heard about her nomination for 3 reasons: 1) In order for her to run, she needs to be approved by 2/3 of the Egyptian parliament, which Mubarak's Party, The National Democratic Party controls more then 90% of the seats. And the thing is, even if they were given the greenlight by Mubarak to let her run, most of them wouldn't approve her anyway because the Egyptian constitution gives the president the right to disband the parliament at will. So, if she wins she could send them all home packing, and they wouldn't like losing their power very much. Reason # 2 is the fact that Egypt still remains a misogynistic male-dominated society. Even if parliament allows her to run, the majority of Egyptian males wouldn't even give her the light of day, because she is a woman. If you think that a woman would have a tough time getting elected president in the USA, can you imagine how tough of a time she would have running in Egypt? The Third and final reason has nothing with her actual running. The woman is a socialists, and I am sick and tired of socialists messing with my country. The government- with 23 cabinet- is big enough as it is, and what we need is some people who will advocate a smaller government. Another socialist running is like reshuffeling the seats on the deck of the Titanic. It may look different, it will sink just the same. However, despite my personal dislike to the women's politics, i find myself siding with her when i heard that the egyptian Grand Mufti Dr. Ali Mohamad Juma'ah( with a number of supporters) has issued a fatwa rejecting the idea that a woman would ever be president. Why? They say: because of her psychological nature and what she suffers from during her menstrual period. Islam clearly states that women , because of Menustration, are less reasonable , logical and religious then a man! Out of the fear that a woman is faced with a tough situation during her period, she might be compelled-because of PMS- to make a decision that may not be very sound. Hmmmmm! How do you spell Mufti in arabic again? Wait, i know: It's M, U, full of Shit! Naturally, since she does have some kind of a brain, she responds here and tears them all a new asshole: Menstruation? Oh my God! Did menstruation prevent Margaret Thatcher from her activity? Did menstruation stop the work of Egyptian farmers who suffer in the field like men from sunrise to sunset? Did menstruation prevent young athletes in the Olympics from playing and competing with men? Who said that menstruation stops the woman from working? Even pregnancy and delivery itself do not stop women working in fields, factories, offices, and Arab and foreign embassies! Undoubtedly, "menstruation" seems an irregular and funny word when it comes from the mouth of those men, especially that the majority of women working in the political field or presidential or non-presidential elections are more than 50 years old, where there is no menstruation. Thankfully, not all religious leaders are this unreasonable. Sheikh Abdullah Mujawer for example he said that he is for women becoming president, because the Islamic Sharia does not oppose this; however, as a president, she can not hold a closed meeting with men! He is not kidding! She isn't either: Oh my God! How can a woman become a president without holding a closed meeting with a man? Does she have to deal with women alone? Can't she, as president, sit with the Prime Minister or with another official to discuss any issue with him?! It is really funny to hear such words from religious people who occupy high-ranking positions in the religious institutions and who are supposed to be directing the public opinion inside and outside our countries through satellites? I can't really fault here there! And now to the second example, which i will post without any commentary, cause, you see, it kinda speaks for itself (personal favorites in bold): CAIRO - A Muslim youth has been killed in clashes between Christians and Muslims in southern Egypt prompted by a dispute over the building of a church in a predominantly Muslim town, police said Thursday. Meanwhile, Attorney General Maher Abdel Wahed has ordered the release of 10 of 21 Christians being held over the injuring of at least 60 policemen in clashes earlier this month, judicial sources said. The deadly violence began after young Muslims in a town in Minya province, 250 kilometers (156 miles) south of Cairo, suspected that Christian villagers wanted to demolish a home in the area and build a church in its place. The Muslims claimed the Christians were backtracking on a pledge last year not to proceed with the project and continue to use a church nearly two kilometers away. They argued that the Christians did not need a church in the town, as there were only 500 of them compared to 20,000 Muslims. Police said they made several arrests after the two sides went at each other with rocks and sticks. Gunfire was also heard. Under a 19th century law introduced by Egypt's then Ottoman rulers, Christians can build churches only under certain conditions. These include their being a majority in the area and there being no mosque nearby. Freedom of Religion indeed! Sigh...

18 Comments:

At 1/10/2005 08:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"…however, as a president, she can not hold a closed meeting with men!"Solution seems obvious to me.   All a female politician would have to do is be, or become, a Christian, yes?    (I'm presuming Sheikh Abdullah Mujawer might have a problem with a Jew being President of Egypt, whether there's anything in the Sharia ‘bout that or not.)Lee C.   ―   U.S.A.

 
At 1/10/2005 09:09:00 AM, Blogger DeeLiciouS said...

how typical! this is just ridiculous!! its people like these who r turning lots of people (including muslims) away from and against islam. they're just giving them more and more reasons every single day.

 
At 1/10/2005 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Josie said...

I've always been puzzled by people who seem to think that women are morally weaker "not as religious" as men. For those reasons they treat women in all kinds of bad ways... when it's obvious to most people that women are often more faithful than men are. Who generally cheats on their spouses, hmmm? I kind of think the reason why God generally tapped men to be leaders is that he knew that they needed that kind of weighty responsibility in order to help them keep their d**** in their pants & their butts out of the bars.

 
At 1/10/2005 10:06:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Josie, u said D****! HAHA! This is like the first time i have ever heard you use an expletive. I must be rubbing off on ya!

God for you.

You are right though. Take a look at any church or temple, you will find that the majority of the attendees are women. Take a look at muslim women, and you will see that they care more about the religion then the men.

As for the whole put man in charge thing. well, Man is actually not supposed to describe only males. It's a common fallacy perpetuated by sexist clergy men who just wanted to keep women out of running things. Man is what our species are called, and from it there are males and females. That's according to the Bible and the Torah anyway.

The Koran, unfortunately, made sure to include specifc refrences to how females are not equal to males. The simplest example is the Islamic inheritence rule: Males get 2/3 and females get a 1/3. i.e. Males = 2 females!Isn't that something?

 
At 1/10/2005 10:06:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

*good for you!

I hate my keyboard!

 
At 1/10/2005 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

Interestingly, in the Arab News from Saudi Arabia, I believe it was in November, a woman wrote an article about traveling out of Saudi Arabia and the required written permissions to travel without a male relative, more expressly the "head of the household, or woman's guardian".

In the incident described, an elderly woman, 70 something, wheelchair bound, was traveling with her middle son. When they went to check in on the airplane, she did not have express written permission from the eldest son, therefore, they would not let her board the plane.

Now I ask you, how stupid is that?

Of course, the fascinating thing is that the news was written in the Arab news by a woman and she asked the same question. That's a nice step forward. Somebody has to keep asking about these stupid things to make them change. Point out the illogics of the situation.

 
At 1/10/2005 10:56:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Yeah, i think of heard about incident as well. The male guardian thing is true in saudi and they are called "Mehrem".

Here is a soloution for Nawal's problem though, u know, how she can't hold closed meetings with men? How about this for a soloution : making all the cabinet members women.

I am sure that would keep them satisfied. Don't you? :-p

 
At 1/10/2005 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Twosret said...

Samuel Adam,

Tired of calling you Sandmonkey, may be Samuel Adam will work :) Mr. Amir made a big mistake by adding the Palestinian cause to the "muslim" agenda. Palestine is about Land not about religion.

The fact that some extreme fanatics decided to hop on board to Justifiy their terrorism through a noble cause (fight for land) doesn't make our case purely religious.

We (the palestinians) voted in a democratic way 9 years ago for Abu Amar and yesterday for Abu Mazen. All the Palestinians including the so called Terrorists by others accepted the results positively and showed Unity.

I would rather you focus on your elections for now and leave the Palestinian muslims out of your topic.

Nawal Saadawi looks like she is over 50 what menstruation are they talking about?

Darn it those Egyptian Pharoahs I want to have their genes and hermones for sure :)

 
At 1/10/2005 12:03:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ehh, twosret. While that palestinian conflict may be about land, you can not deny the whole religious undertones of the current conflict. This has basically been shaped as basically a fight between muslims and jews over the city of jerusalem. At least that's what the majority of muslims seem to be invested in. Plus, Hamas isn't an islamic movemnet? They don't use religion at all? They don;t shout allahu akbar and call the person who blows himself up or dies by Israeli fire a martyr and Shaheed?

But anyway, i think u missed the point. The article by amir was just to illustrate the point that currently there are many many conflicts around the world involving muslims against people from other religious backgrounds. Believe it or not twosret, it's not always about your people. Chill!

 
At 1/10/2005 12:08:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ohh and concerning Nawal, i have no idea how old she is, but i guess you have a point when it comes to her period, or probably her current lack thereof! Makes those sheikhs seem even more idiotic and believe me that's an achievment. I personally didn;t tthink they could possibly look more stupid, and now , thanks to you, i stand corrected.

Ohh, and are u sure u want her kind of genes? You wanna look like that? Why? She looks like the evil witch of the west. Look at her hair. I don't even think she knows what a hairstylist is! Why Twosret? Why?

To each its own i guess!

 
At 1/10/2005 03:03:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said...

Sem Sem,

I wanted to say that the extreme fanatics are brainwashing some Palestinian kids using a noble cause (land). I simply wanted to point out that this is not the main cause of our struggle, land is, so many people fall into the same mistake by thinking Bin-Laden is loyal to Palestine. Bin Laden have nothing to do with us. When the fanatics extremists in Egypt attacked tourists they didn't call all Egyptians terrorists did they? When Mohamed Atta the ring leader of 9/11 did what he did Egyptians were not terrorists, they succeed because of poverty and lack of education.

There is some desperation also that caused by a trauma of loosing all what you have that pushes people to the extreme, it have nothing to do with religion it is about oppression. I don't encourage that or approve of it but it is not just religion.

Christians were horrified in Palestine to see the bombing of Israeli's to the holy churches (Kanisat El Mahd).

I read only one book to Nawaal El Saadawi so I don't know her very well. It will be good to read more about her. I have nothing against her looks. If she will become Egypt's president I will be looking forward to see her actions.

I wanted to point out one single point in Amir's article. I picked on it because half of his article speaks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I'm not upset or angry. I'm cool with it. You should know better :)

Cheers

 
At 1/10/2005 05:25:00 PM, Blogger Josie said...

"This is like the first time i have ever heard you use an expletive. I must be rubbing off on ya!"

Liked that, did ya? Oh no, I better quit hanging out here before you totally corrupt me. ;)

 
At 1/10/2005 06:43:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Well, if she can't hold a closed meeting with men, how about making all meeting open to the public? As a matter of fact, she should demand that all meeting be held on camaera so the people of Egypt can see what is happening in their government.

A lot of the old laws in each of the "books" are a little silly today, but made perfect sense at the time they were written. Dietary laws, laws of inheritence, rules about women speaking out in church, laws regarding a woman submitting to her husband.

You want to control a woman? Then do everything in your power to make her love you. That is the ONLY way.

 
At 1/11/2005 06:46:00 AM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

O Sama'a students are on the rag too. Talking about the overthrow of the Egyptian and Saudi regimes .

The infamous muttawa deserve to be overthrown by anyone.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

 
At 1/11/2005 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said...

Papa Ray,

This is one of the things I couldn't understand about the Saudi regime. Why they don't allow the bible in certain parts of the country. Funny enough they allow Americans with their bibles but not arabs with their bibles. Why the bible is that much of the threat to the capital of Islam?.

I also heard also that it is very hard for Christians to practice their religion in Morocco despite the fact that Jews live there in peace and harmony. The advisor of the king is Jewish and a very sound man.

P.S. The above is not an attack to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia or Morocco it is just a question that I couldn't get an answer for.

 
At 1/11/2005 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings,

or

Hey,

Which ever you prefer.

I have been posting at various blogs, about "the oceans of blood to come" and "clash of civilizations" and other dire warnings and statements such as "Iraqi is the first little war before the start of the 2000 year war".

But, of course no one believes me or even bothers to call me a troll. That is sad, because everyone better wake up or they will wake up to having thier throat cut or their head lopped off in their confortable living room, while watching on tv the throats of their neighbors cut.

Here, read about the past rivers of blood and to think, they didn't even have the weapons of today, including "The Bomb" or biological and chemical weapons.

P.S. Before you write me off as a religious nut, I will tell you that I believe in a higher power and that is the extent of my "religion".

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

 
At 1/12/2005 07:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twosret,
The Bible is a threat to KSA because if the citizens read and understood the Bible, especially the New Testament, they would free themselves mind, body and soul from the repression they live under in KSA. The people would revolt and demand their human rights and profits from the oil wealth. Islam is a form of government that keeps tight control over the people. The government has instilled fear into the citizens through Islam. People are not sheep to be herded around in herds, we all have a brain with which to think and reason.

Marie

 
At 1/12/2005 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Hey

The American and Korean Military is corrupting these kids . Why is the MSM not reporting this outrage.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

 

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