It may seem a little extreme at first glance, but the new Egyptian government would like you to know they aren’t a band of barbarians stuck in the seventh century. They have their limitations. As demonstrated by the fact that the men will only be able to have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after they’ve died.
Now that’s taking the moral high ground.
It’s called the ‘farewell intercourse law’ and we’re not even making that up. It also includes provisions to lower the marriage age down to 14 and prohibiting a woman’s right to education and employment.
But hey, it’s the Arab Spring!
Via the Daily Mail:
Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives — for up to six hours after their death.
The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.
It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.
Egypt’s National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that ‘marginalising and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development’.
Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.
Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea reported in the al-Ahram newspaper that Talawi complained about the legislations which are being introduced under ‘alleged religious interpretations’.
The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband, alarabiya.net reported.
Then there’s this from Mark Steyn:
In Arab Spring, a young man’s fancy turns to … necrophilia?
Gotta hand it to the Muslim Brotherhood. Hard to come up with a more apt image of the Arab Spring than an aroused Islamist rogering a corpse.
On behalf of the civilized world, we’d just like to say the following… Ewwww.