Just Some Egyptian Salafis in their First Parliament Session

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… I’m sure most will agree this is worth ten times that:

Sure, they’re not the first politicians caught asleep on the job and they sure won’t be the last. Say all you want about how boring parliamentary sessions may be… but at least be awake for the first parliamentary session after a revolution that changed the path of your country.

I guess you can’t expect much from people whose campaign posters were something along this line. Either way, congrats to Egypt their new parliament, one-sided as it may be. I, for one, will take my time in considering visiting now. Voting people like these to power is a a reflection of the population. Do I want to go to a country where the majority considers me an infidel? I don’t think so.

Too bad though, I really wanted to see the pyramids up and close.

9 thoughts on “Just Some Egyptian Salafis in their First Parliament Session

  1. Please tell me this is not real…It’s hard to imagine the kind of “reforms” that are going to be made in Egypt now… The lives of 80 million people (if not more) will now be governed by these guys? ….then again what were they expecting?…oh God I can’t stop scrolling up…this is too funny

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    • I’m pretty sure they were fast asleep way before the break. You cannot simply fall asleep in a couple of minutes and go into almost dead mode like the pictures show. The whole “they were in a break” isn’t valid. They need to be awake. Even if in break. You’re sleep deprived, you drink coffee. Then you go home. You don’t sleep in parliament.

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  2. I am kicking myself that I missed an opportunity to visit Egypt in 2009, now like you said, it might be ages before one thinks of going there amidst all the political instability. I had liked your earlier piece on the sharia law.

    I have very little to say about all this as I am so far removed from the Arab world but however given my contact with some arab (levantine muslims mostly) people a few years ago, I have to say I did not have a great experience. Their hypocrisy especially between the image they exhibit to their family and friends and their real self is something that I loathe. Their true faces are never unmasked and they get away with their deceitful lives. Sadly the saga will repeat – they will do their sacred Hajj and become revered while their children will go around sowing their wild oats. Grrr, sadly some of these people really do make me sick with their false ideals and fanatical faith – a faith that they are happy to observe only when it suits them.

    I am definitely not criticising all muslim arabs here – one of my best friends is of the Shia faith. She is so far from bigotry and fanaticism and one of the brightest and lovable women I have meant.

    Anyway it is sad that compassion and humanity are being wiped out in the name of religion….and it is unbelievable to see such things happen within the same ethnicity or sometimes within the same religion. Don’t remember which post of yours it was but you had put it quite eloquently about religion – I’ll try to find those lines !!!

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    • I think hypocrisy when it comes to religion is something that happens across all religions. But what is sad is to have people like these voted into power. It’s a reflection of the mentality of the population they represent.
      The fact that Egyptians feel they need to vote for Salafis in order to be represented is very troubling. Sure, they have the right to. But voting for Salafis is indicative of a problem in their society which is fear of the other who’s different, notably the Copts.

      Same applies to countries that vote for Christian extremists to power.

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