Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Keep The Veil, Lose The Bra

This one is priceless.

One of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions is to discipline a cleric after he issued a decree allowing women to breastfeed their male colleagues.

Dr Izzat Atiya of Egypt's al-Azhar University said it offered a way around segregation of the sexes at work. He said that if a woman fed a male colleague "directly from her breast" at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work.

"A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed."

Do you suppose the religious authorities freaked out at this stunning contradiction?

The legal ruling sparked outrage throughout Egypt and the Arab world. Egypt's minister of religious affairs, Mahmoud Zaqzouq, has called for future fatwas to "be compatible with logic and human nature".

Mr. Zaqzouq doesn't read much besides religious texts, does he? Something can be logical or it can be human nature, but it cannot be both. Except of course for breastfeeding...


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