Probably the most shocking line I've heard on broadcast television in recent years was during an episode of "Criminal Minds," when a necrophiliac suspect under interrogation uttered the words, "I'm not the only one who likes to crack open a cold one." Brutal. I think my jaw actually dropped on that one.
Fast forward to today and this:
Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death.
The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.
It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women's rights of getting education and employment.
What's described in the first paragraph is being dubbed the "farewell intercourse" law. Maybe some further clarification will prove the above to be inaccurate or a misunderstanding of some sort. Even I, with my perpetual gimlet eye towards Islamists, can't believe they are really that depraved.
More serious for the women of Egypt than getting screwed after death is getting screwed while alive. The attacks on women's education and employment rights are the real threat to Egyptian women. The same for marrying girls into a life of submission before they can become women and gain a measure of their self. It's not spring in Egypt, it's fall.
The last week or so I've been reading about how we need to accept that the Islamists have gained more power in the Middle East-North Africa as a result of the "Arab Spring." The only thing to do, apparently, is engage them as the legitimate power that they are and move on with life. That posture reminds me an awful lot of the one the Left in general and "realists" on the Right assumed decades ago regarding the Soviet Union and the police states of Eastern Europe.
Realism is fine of course, right up until it turns into welcoming barbarians as acceptable company and conceding to them their "right" to be totalitarian assholes. And make no mistake about it, the Soviets and their junior monsters in Eastern Europe, as well as the Islamists of today, were/are totalitarian assholes. Certain realities must be respected, but that doesn't mean we have to or should like it.
Don't respect the assholes.