No kidding. Women in Egypt are urging the government not to pass laws allowing men to have sex with young girls and their dead wives…
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper. The appeal came in a message sent by Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker, Dr. Saad al-Katatni, addressing the woes of Egyptian women, especially after the popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. She was referring to two laws: one that would legalize the marriage of girls starting from the age of 14 and the other that permits a husband to have sex with his dead wife within the six hours following her death.
Gosh, that’s MESSED UP! Are Egyptian Islamists pedophiles and necrophiliacs? Isn’t there anything in the Qur’an that prohibits such things?
The Guardian headline:
Church attacks in Nigeria leave at least 27 worshippers dead: Islamist group claims responsibility amid growing concern about government’s inability to tackle sectarian violence
Barbarism and governmental indifference combined = death.
A fresh wave of violence against churchgoers in Nigeria has left at least 27 people dead and heightened fears over security in Africa’s most populous country. The religiously motivated massacres, three in as many days since Thursday, targeted Christians in Mubi and Gombe, both towns in the north-east where a state of emergency was declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last week. Some 17 other deaths have been reported in other regions. There is growing concern that the government’s inability to tackle the rising levels of sectarian violence, blamed on radical Islamic group Boko Haram, may result in hundreds of people fleeing their homes. The group is now carrying out weekly attacks on churches and police stations in northern and central areas. Islamic clerics who speak out against the violence have been assassinated.
Instead of invading Iraq the United States should be invading the barbaric places where people are savagely murdered and the government is too lame, weak, or indifferent to put the boots on the ground necessary to stop it.
UPDATE: The death toll is now 23. Earlier it was reported…
The Associated Press reports
Riots erupted in Cairo Sunday night as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under assault by thugs who rained stones down on them and fired pellets. Two soldiers were killed in the melee, according to state television, and a number of military vehicles were burning on a scenic street along the Nile.
Further details at the link above. Will Christians be driven from Egypt as they have been from Iraq as radical Islamists gain their ‘freedom’?
one of the Coptic churches in Cairo I visited when we were there
Tens of thousands of Egyptians led by hard-line Islamists escalated their protests Friday over the appointment of a Coptic Christian governor in southern Egypt, deepening mistrust between religious communities during the bumpy aftermath of Egypt’s revolution. More than a week of protests seeking to unseat the governor of Qena province are testing the ability of Egypt’s transitional military rulers and the interim government to handle an Islamic movement capable of rallying large numbers behind its hard-line agenda without jeopardizing the future of a democratic Egypt.
Tens of thousands… That bodes quite poorly for the future of Christianity in Egypt. Will Christians be driven from that country as they have from Iraq, Iran, Palestine and Israel? Does ‘democracy’ in the middle east mean the end of the Christian community there?
If it’s proper (and it is) to point out Islamic fundamentalist violence, then it’s also proper to point out Islamist denunciations of murder.
The Tunisian government and a long-banned Islamist party both denounced Saturday the grisly slaying of a Catholic priest, while several hundred people gathered outside the French embassy in the capital to demand the recall of France’s new ambassador. The 34-year-old priest Marek Marius Rybinski was found on Friday with his throat slit and stab wounds in the parking lot of the religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouma. The slaying of the Polish priest was the first deadly attack on members of religious minorities since last month’s ouster of Tunisia’s longtime autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The Interior Ministry said the killing appeared to be the work of a “group of extremist terrorist fascists,” judging by the way it was carried out, and vowed that those responsible for the “odious crime” would be severely punished.
Right is right. So good for them. For doing and saying what’s right.