The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 January 2006

Advantages of Western civilization

Somehow I can't imagine this catching on in the States:

According to the religious edict issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar University's faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law), "being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage".

The religious decree sparked a hot debate on the private satellite network Dream's popular religious talk show and on the front page of Sunday's Al-Masri Al-Yom, Egypt's leading independent daily newspaper.

I've got to wonder if this is why he's the former dean. But it gets better:

During the live televised debate, Islamic scholar Abdel Muti dismissed the fatwa: "Nothing is prohibited during marital sex, except of course sodomy."

"Of course"?

For his part, Al-Azhar's fatwa committee chairman Abdullah Megawar argued that married couples could see each other naked but should not look at each other's genitalia and suggested they cover up with a blanket during sex.

Suddenly, demure Wendy Shalit comes off as a wild-eyed libertine.

The only way this could possibly be beneficial is if one of the participants looks like me.

(Via aldahlia.)

Posted at 2:37 PM to Birthday Suitable , Table for One


You have made so VERY MANY disparaging comments about your looks that I've become more than curious to see a picture. Post one! You can't possible look as bad as the image an imaginative person gets in (her) mind after all these remarks. You'd have to look like Jabba the Hut to be that bad! Post a picture!

Posted by: Melinama at 3:30 PM on 10 January 2006

I suspect good ole Wendy and Rashad have something very much in common ... they both speak of subjects they have little experience in. But of course Wendy looks better doing it :)

Oops, now I've done it ... a fatwa is probably being written right now.

Posted by: Ron at 4:02 PM on 10 January 2006

This is as recent a shot as you can find.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:39 PM on 10 January 2006

It's not often you can find a sentence like that one! Great laugh.

Posted by: girlfriday at 12:02 AM on 11 January 2006

"I suspect good ole Wendy and Rashad have something very much in common ... they both speak of subjects they have little experience in."

Yup. Nothing so liberating as cracks by men against women promoting modesty. God forbid a female should even think of not being available to any passing male at all times.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 7:07 AM on 11 January 2006

C'mon Andrea, I seriously doubt you would have made a peep if I had simply made the same statement only in reference to Rashad. There is absolutely no need to try to turn my simple opinion that "Shalit speaks to issues she is inexperienced in" into some kind of example of a power hungry male attempting to lord it over the female gender. Save your emasculating barbs for the true woman haters out there.

Posted by: Ron at 9:30 AM on 11 January 2006

"My emasculating barbs"? Oh good lord.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 2:25 PM on 11 January 2006

Andrea remember -- you must use this power only for good.

Which, I gather emasculation is pretty much "for good." So, carry on.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:46 PM on 11 January 2006

A barb is only truly emasculating when it catches you at — um, never mind.

[winces]

Posted by: CGHill at 7:08 AM on 12 January 2006

"Et tu, Chaz?" ...

Posted by: Ron at 8:10 AM on 12 January 2006