Egypt 'necrophilia law'? Hooey, utter hooey.

Egypt 'necrophilia law'? Hooey, utter hooey.

'Necrophilia law'? Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, kids. At least until there's like, you know, some proof.

By Staff writer / April 26, 2012

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2012/0426/Egypt-necroph...

Today, Egypt's state-owned Al Ahram newspaper published an opinion piece by Amr Abdul Samea, a past stalwart supporter of the deposed Hosni Mubarak, that contained a bombshell: Egypt's parliament is considering passing a law that would allow husbands to have sex with their wives after death.

It was soon mentioned in an English language version of Al-Arabiya and immediately started zipping around social-networking sites. By this afternoon it had set news sites and the rest of the Internet on fire. It has every thing: The yuck factor, "those creepy Muslims" factor, the lulz factor for those with a sick sense of humor. The non-fact-checked Daily Mail picked it up and reported it as fact. Then Andrew Sullivan, who has a highly influential blog but is frequently lax about fact-checking, gave it a boost with an uncritical take. The Huffington Post went there, too.

There's of course one problem: The chances of any such piece of legislation being considered by the Egyptian parliament for a vote is zero. And the chance of it ever passing is less than that. In fact, color me highly skeptical that anyone is even trying to advance a piece of legislation like this through Egypt's parliament. I'm willing to be proven wrong. It's possible that there's one or two lawmakers completely out of step with the rest of parliament. Maybe. 

But extreme, not to mention inflammatory claims, need at minimum some evidence (and I've read my share of utter nonsense in Al Ahram over the years). The evidence right now? Zero.

There was a Moroccan cleric a few years back who apparently did issue a religious ruling saying that husbands remained married to their wives in the first six hours after death and, so, well, you know. But that guy is far, far out on the nutty fringe. How fringe? He also ruled that pregnant women can drink alcohol. Remember, alcohol is considered haram, forbidden, by the vast majority of the world's Muslim scholars. Putting an unborn child at risk to get drunk? No, that's just not what they do. Whatever the mainstream's unpalatable beliefs (there are plenty from my perspective) this isn't one of them.

It's important to remember that the structure of the Muslim clergy is, by and large, like that of a number of Protestant Christian sects. Anyone can put out a shingle and declare themselves a preacher. The ones to pay attention to are the ones with large followings, or attachment to major institutions of Islamic learning. The preacher in Morocco is like the preacher in Florida who spent so much time and energy publicizing the burning of Qurans.

Stories like this are a reminder of the downside of the Internet. It makes fact-checking and monitoring easier. But the proliferation of aggregation sites, newsy blog sites, and the general erosion of editorial standards (and on-the-ground reporters to do the heavy lifting) also spreads silliness faster than it ever could before.

Views: 77

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Voco Veritas left a comment for Central Scrutinizer
"I always arrive late for the best parties! Thanks for the welcome."
8 hours ago
Voco Veritas left a comment for cheeki kea
"Thanks!  Definitely good to connect with fellow Patriots."
8 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted a status
9 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted photos
10 hours ago
Ragnarok posted videos
10 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted blog posts
10 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"LIVE: Business owners hold unauthorised anti-restrictions rally in Rome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFaiGhxqO7U"
14 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"Live, Brooklyn Center, Shooting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLCUFudssFs"
yesterday
Chris of the family Masters posted a discussion

Philip: "I Want To Reincarnate As A Virus"

Philip: "I Want To Reincarnate As A Virus"A few months before the Queen's German husband, Prince…See More
yesterday
Central Scrutinizer commented on KLC's group MUSICWARS
"no probs Burps..... "Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...." Next Up?, four…"
yesterday
Chris of the family Masters posted blog posts
yesterday
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for Voco Veritas
"About time ya got here VV....sheeesh, We've been waiting for ya ;) Greetn'z &…"
yesterday
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for Jane Bower
"About time ya got here JB....sheeesh, We've been waiting for ya ;) Greetn'z &…"
yesterday
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for Zulugroove
"About time ya got here Groovy Zulu...sheeesh, We've been waiting for ya ;) Greetn'z &…"
yesterday
cheeki kea left a comment for Zulugroove
"Greetings Zulugroove, That's a great name and it's really groovy to have you here at the…"
yesterday
cheeki kea left a comment for Jane Bower
"Greetings Jane, Awesome that you have joined up at this site today. "
yesterday
cheeki kea left a comment for Voco Veritas
"Greetings to you Voco, So great that you've joined us all here at the site."
yesterday
cheeki kea commented on cheeki kea's video
Thumbnail

Pfizer's DNA

"Dr Yeadon's Statement ......... Dr. Yeadon, the former head of Pfizer research, also went…"
yesterday
Profile IconZulugroove, Jane Bower and Voco Veritas joined 12160 Social Network
yesterday
Central Scrutinizer posted blog posts
yesterday

© 2021   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted