Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Lesbianism - Another Zionist plot

A usefully eye-opening analysis from an Egyptian preacher and Professor of Islamic Studies, Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin (as reported by Al-Arabiya News in Dubai):
Religious scholars in Egypt are outraged by a lesbian scene in a new movie, telling audiences to stay away from the sinful flick and calling for the director and actresses to be prosecuted.

Preacher and Islamic Studies professor at Cairo University, Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin accused the new movie, Heena Maysara (Until Further Notice), of spreading homosexuality and promoting debauchery.

He called on authorities to prosecute the director of the movie and the two actresses, Ghada Abdel-Razeq and Sumaya Al-Khashab, who enacted the lesbian encounter on the big screen.

The film Heena Maysara – which also translates as "Till things get better" in Egyptian slang – is set in a Cairo shanty town and tackles the issues of poverty, crime and physical and sexual abuse, among others.

In the controversial scene, Abdel-Razeq, who plays a lesbian, tries to seduce Khashab. The scene shows Abdel-Razeq hitting on Khashab-–who plays a prostitute called Nahed--and kissing her.

Shahin claimed the movie is part of "a Zionist and American conspiracy" which uses this sort of movie to destroy the moral fabric of society. [....]
That does seem to be the most plausible explanation. As Elwi Amin, Professor of Islamic Law at Al Azhar [Egypt's premier Islamic university, and one of the most influential in the Muslim world--JW], cogently pointed out, "there is no lesbianism in Egypt" and never will be. "Many people in Egypt do not even know what the word 'lesbianism' means." Therefore, this must be "the influence of immoral Western culture which controls the media." And we know who controls the western media, right?

To make matters even worse:
Director Khaled Youssef said he was offended by criticism leveled at the movie and asked people to watch it before they passed judgment.
But this is an outrageous suggestion. As Professor Amin also pointed out, "watching sex scenes--whether gay or heterosexual--in movies is considered a sin." So the director was openly urging people to commit a sin. Another sign of moral rot, for sure. (Where is Jerry Falwell when they need him?)

--Jeff Weintraub