A Week Is A Long Time  

TryingStuffOut 43M/44F
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1/15/2006 7:48 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

A Week Is A Long Time

So being new to the whole blog universe, I had no idea there was a need for daily, even multi-daily, postings! I am incredibly impressed by the committment I have seen to their blogs by the authors on here. I have to tell you, I am incredibly impressed.

While I am not sure I can commit to that kind of dedication, I will try to keep the knife of reality cutting through the cheese of ignorance (what the hell kind of metaphor was that?!) as often as possibly.

And have I got a doozie for you to start with. Agence France Press reported on Tuesday the following story:

(AFP) Cairo, Egypt - 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 today's 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."

hmmmmmmmmmmmm....... Oh where oh where to begin.....

I suspect the cleric who proclaimed this fatwa has ulterior motives. In addition to no nudity, it is rumored that he also states that to celebrate an anniversary, a couple must wear five shirts (each), three pairs of pants (each), their best suit/dress, and winter coats during intercourse. Word is that this same cleric owns a chain of dry cleaning establishments in Cairo.

I have to say that I cannot but otherwise fully endorse nudity during intercourse. Although I am not a theologian by training (only by practice), I'm more than willing to make the bet that nudity doesn't nullify the marriage, but in fact, consecrates it. And consummates. At least theoretically.

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