Kalb-Baladi

Monday, November 20, 2006

Hypocricy At It's Fucking Finest

Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) joined the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Monday in attacking Culture Minister Farouk Hosni for saying that wearing the Muslim headscarf was a "step backwards".

Fucking pussies.

Two pillars of the ruling party, Parliamentary Speaker Fathi Surour and presidential chief of staff Zakaria Azmi, criticised the minister in parliament, adding to the pressure on Hosni to resign after 19 years in office. After NDP members asked for Hosni's dismissal, Surour said: "If an official wants to express personal opinions, he should free himself of the public responsibility he has assumed."

Why??? Who said so??? And why are ministers and religious leaders getting away with their personal opinion bullshit???

Hosni, an abstract painter known for his liberal views, said in remarks published last Thursday Egypt would not progress as long as its people depend on religious edicts "worth 5 cents". "Our mothers ... used to go to universities and work without wearing a headscarf, so why are we going backwards now?" the independent Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted him as saying. The minister later said the remarks, which sparked outrage in the Egyptian media, represented his personal views and were not meant for publication. In Monday's parliamentary debate at least two lawmakers suggested that the minister was homosexual, an allegation that would further undermine his standing among conservatives. Azmi, President Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff, said: "We cannot allow anyone to insult Islam... The culture minister should not have talked about religious matters." Another minister, Mufid Shehab, said Hosni would attend a debate with two parliamentary committees. "After that parliament will be free to take whatever measures it likes towards the minister," he added, indicating that the government was not insisting that he stay in office.

3 Comments:

  • I can't believe that Egypt has become SO conservative that the country will sack one of its Ministers for saying something so slight.

    Are no liberals or intellectuals standing up for this man? Are they too afraid? We all know many Egyptians agree with him. And isn't it funny how personal insults come out against anyone who dares espouse a liberal progressive 21st century view?

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 12:59 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Guys, are we going down or what?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 7:39 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • We are going down for sure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:33 AM, November 21, 2006  

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