Kalb-Baladi

Monday, February 05, 2007

Shooting Crap

This is very irritating. First Egypt's top Muslim cleric or mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, rules in an official fatwa published by leading state daily Al-Ahram that Islam bars women from becoming head of state.

Then the London-based daily Al-Hayyat reports that the mufti issued another fatwa, according to which women can become heads of states.

I can't believe that seven years into the twenty first century, this is even an issue to issue fatwas on. Am I the only one who finds this extremely boring? If the mufti really issued these contradicting fatwas, then it's a pity he wasn't aboard the doomed United 93 flight on Setember 11. He would surely have humanely bored most of the passengers to death, long before the aircraft crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pensylvania.

In the US, shooting crap means gambling, whereas in Egypt (where gambling is forbidden) it means issuing contradicting and irrelevant fatwas.

Can a woman be head of state? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeez... Can anyone?

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