Brotherhood Official Calls for Modesty Enforcement
by IPT News • Apr 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Muslim Brotherhood officials must be confident in their chances in this fall's Egyptian parliamentary elections. David Miller of Media Line picked up an Egyptian newspaper report citing a member of the Brotherhood's governing board calling for a squad of virtue police created to act against "those who commit immoral acts."
Issam Durbala's vision aims to protect public virtue and modesty with "limited authorities," Miller reports, which means something short of Saudi Arabia's vice police. [Note: Miller identifies Durbala as a Brotherhood official, other sources place him in the Gama'a Al-Islamiya, or Islamic Group]
Moderates and secularists in Egypt are alarmed by the growing influence of religious conservatives in Egypt. They'll have to scramble to compete in the fall elections against the larger, better organized Brotherhood. Those reformers tried to defeat constitutional amendments that called for elections sooner, rather than later, in hopes of buying time to organize.
Those amendments passed by a 3-to-1 margin last month.
Hamas, a Brotherhood offshoot, has imposed its own brand of modesty enforcement in Gaza. Girls must adhere to a religious dress code to attend school, and women have been detained for being in public with a man or for smoking in public.
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Looks like I'll win my bet
Submitted by Fred Baehr, Apr 5, 2011 00:09
A few months ago I made a bet with a new friend of mine, a professor of political science at the cute little campus of BYU-Hawaii. He's the kind of guy who thiinks Israel is the problem - an illegitimate state based on expropriation, expulsion, and ethnic cleansing. Sounds like every country in the western hemisphere doesn't it? Anyway, he's a real modern thinker in the Chomsky mold. Well I bet him that the Brotherhood was going to take over in Egypt and when they did they would institute Islamic type dress codes (as well as abrogate their treaty with Israel), and he bet me the most expensive dinner in Honolulu (pretty damn expensive) that they wouldn't. Now this has to happen before our next elections but it looks like I have plenty of time to win. They aren't even in power yet and they are already pushing it! I love it! I wonder how much the most expensive dinner in Honolulu can get to be? Since he is a Mormon, should I buy my own drinks, or make him pay for them too?