Random musings from the front line (well, more like the support trench, or perhaps the castle 10 miles away, supping Chateau Lafite with the General Staff) in the battle for curiosity, inertia, grammar and a Dachshund called Colin.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Fatwa Lot of Good That's Going to Do

Now I try not to get involved with religion very often, as it all seems a bit silly that Free Presbyterians of the Western Isles believe that only they will go to heaven (it'll be very empty then, won't it?!) and that Jews think you should chop bits off your old fella to please God and other such strange supernatural goings on. Besides, there's a TV series on at the moment with Richard Dawkins that rehearses the arguments much better than I could. But I couldn't help notice the following item on a news website:

Naked-marriage-sex ban
From: Agence France-Presse

From correspondents in Cairo
January 11, 2006

AN Egyptian cleric's controversial fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage has uncovered a rift among Islamic scholars.

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 Al-Masri Al-Yom, Egypt's leading independent daily newspaper.

Suad Saleh, who heads the women's department of Al-Azhar's Islamic studies faculty, pleaded for "anything that can bring spouses closer to each other" and rejected the claim that nudity during intercourse could invalidate a union.

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

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

Um. OK. It all seems a bit barmy to me. I don't think that a disputed fatwa from one scholar would stop a devout Muslim from having a sneaky peek at his wife's naughty bits anyway, but the fact that there's a dedicated "fatwa committee" that looks at things like this took me a little by surprise. I can't quite imagine the Church of England doing the same....

PRESS RELEASE (Reuters) - Vicar reluctant to commit himself on the allowed use profanities following Parochial Church Council discussions of forbidden language. During heated scenes in the Bridgewater Village Hall, the Naughtiness (Male Genitalia) Committee of the Gurney Slade Parish Council once again failed to reach a decision on whether the word "willy" is an acceptable alternative to "member" in the monthly 'Thou Shalt Not' section of the Parish Newsletter. The issue has caused controversy since the celebrated 1993 instruction forbidding the use of the word "fanny" to be uttered by non-American citizens within parish boundaries.

The motion from the Somerset WI to only allow the word "penis" to be used was rejected following an impassioned plea from the churchwarden to consider "John Thomas" when used in a humourous context, and the issue was later postponed for further discussions to take place after next month's Village Fete and the subsequent 'Save the Church Roof' Scout Jamboree. The Reverend Baxter Falletio, vicar of St Nicholas the Lesser in the village of Gurney Slade, said afterwards "it's a victory for common sense and those who like to say 'cock' in everyday conversation."

The World's Gone Mad.

6 Rants & Replies:

Blogger Boofykatz said...

You filthy vile beast - don't you know that 'John Thomas' takes in vain at least two authors of the Christian gospels, and probably Jesus' brother if you read the nag hammadi gospels. You are obviously going to burn in a small watch-glass of methanol, and your tormented ravings will be an everlasting totem to the.. to the... to the power of ... thingy.... E'll get u, u buggerrr.

8:03 pm, January 12, 2006

Blogger garfer said...

I used to work with a bloke called John Thomas. He couldn't uderstand why there was much supressed sniggering whenever he introduced himself.

That's the Welsh for you, bit slow on the uptake.

8:58 pm, January 12, 2006

Blogger Vale of York said...

Oh, I have so much to learn yet...

9:03 pm, January 12, 2006

Blogger WordWhiz said...

Mad world? Oh yeah...you bet your willy it is!!

4:47 am, January 14, 2006

Blogger Inexplicable DeVice said...

Sorry. I keep using your blog to see who's updated recently. And to see how far down the list I've been pushed.

Actually, if I was really sorry I probably wouldn't do it. At least it boosts your stats, eh?

8:29 pm, January 14, 2006

Blogger Merkin said...

Boofykatz - I was going to accuse you of being a Mormon with logic like that (I once sent a Jehovah's Witness packing by offering to kiss him), but I've read your blog now and realise that you are "one of us" enlightened types. Welcome. You could link to me on your 9/1/06 post though - I need all the traffic I need, you know!

Garfer - I was at uni with a girl called Jenny Taylor, who was the officially designated "Chief Sneak" (ie paid to tell tales on us to the Dean). Only 2 years after we left did someone realise the missed "Genitalia" connection top her name. Damn.

Vale of York - welcome to a new American lady visitor. Whizzer, meet VoY, VoY, meet WordWhiz. I'm sure the 2 of you will get on fine, especially now that WW has learnt the word "willy".

iDv - you're a spectral blogging tart. Feel free!

1:20 am, January 16, 2006


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