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An Egyptian Islamist’s Indecent Exposure

Earlier this week, the BBC reported on an ultraconservative Salafi MP who has been found to have strayed from the light:

Police officers told the Misdemeanour Court in Tukh, outside Cairo, that they had found Mr Wanis caressing a fully-veiled woman student who was sitting on his lap in his car while it was parked on an agricultural road near the town last month.

When they knocked on his window asking to see his driving licence and car registration, the Islamist called them “sons of dogs”, they added.

Mr Wanis denied violating public decency, claiming that he had pulled the car over to assist his ill niece. But the police said he was not her uncle.

Don’t expect this to be the only crack to open up in the Islamists’ reputation as the guardians of decency and chastity. Hypocrisy is one thing that believers of all faith share in common, of course, but police-state dossiers from the Mubarak-era make Islamic politicians in Egypt especially vulnerable targets for character assassination (or, in Wanis’s case, character suicide, it would seem).

Petty though it all may seem, these files, as well as fresh scandals, will be one weapon in the army’s arsenal for keeping certain members of the Islamist bloc in check. They’ve been watching everyone a long time, and they know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

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  • Walter Sobchak

    “claiming that he had pulled the car over to assist his ill niece”

    It sounds like an excuse once floated by a Southern diplomat of the US, who was also caught in flagrante. Sadly, I do not remember the whole story.

  • Skandia Recluse

    I thought it was never the male, and always the female that was prosecuted?

  • JPF

    Walter might be thinking of Wilbur Mills and the Tidal Basin incident with his friend.

  • Cbinflux

    He was dutifully checking the thoroughness of her female circumcision, nothing more. [mock-pious expression deleted].

  • Walter Sobchak

    3. Fanny Foxe, who was an “exotic dancer”, and Ole Wilbur never claimed she was a relative.

  • Kris

    “Niece”? How delightfully retro!

  • lizardflix

    Not defending this guy in any way but it’s probably not a bad idea to remember that in this part of the world, these kinds of charges can pop up in political power plays. Just saying.

  • Tom

    First, on the subjects of this article, I think a quote from Casablanca fits nicely…

    “I am shocked-SHOCKED-to find gambling in this establishment!”

    “Here are your winnings, sir.”

    “Ah, thank you.”

    Mr. Mead, if you have never met a religious believer w/o hypocrisy, you’ve either been looking in the wrong areas, had a poor excuse for a religious upbringing, never bothered to look beyond your mangled peer-pressure misconceptions, or some combination of the three.

    I don’t know nearly enough about you to say which might be the case, so I’ll leave that to your discretion.

    And before you accuse me of said hypocrisy, did you seriously expect that you could insult every single religious believer in the world and not one of them would step up and say something about it?

  • Lorenz Gude

    One of the key things that turned Iraq’s Sunni Muslims against al Qaeda was their sexual  illtreatment of daughters of the sheiks. In this case I surmise  our philanderer was apprehended by police loyal to the military. If the police had been loyal to the MB or the salifists then the girl would have been arrested. 

  • Diggs

    Is that a jambia, or are you just happy to see me?

  • jim

    The fully-veiled person’s concluding words to Mr. Wunis were “You know I’m a dude, right?”

  • PacRim Jim

    Indecent exposure is when an Islamist shows his face in the West.

  • willis

    “claiming that he had pulled the car over to assist his ill niece”

    Sounds like the excuse of a northern politician who drowned his date one night in typical drunken stupor. Sadly, I do not remember his name.

  • kris

    Diggs@10: “Is that a jambia, or are you just happy to see me?”

    It is indeed a jambia, and boy am I happy to see you, you infidel. Mind turning around a second?

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