So Egypt is taking the next step to turning into another Iran or Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan with the creation of a brand-spanking new 'unofficial' morality police force for Cairo. The newly minted Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will make sure no-one strays from the Islamic moral path, although the founder- Cleric Hisham al-Ashri- swears it will be nothing like its Saudi namesake. Only "non-violent methods" for the Egyptian CPVP. According to the IB Times:
El-Ashri said: "We will only offer advice to those who want to listen. We shall have no business with people who refuse to listen to us."Right. Maybe for now but that will definitely change once they get established. In fact, Bikya News said the Salafists will have canes to punish violators, and eventually will move into the 21st century by getting tasers.
Al-Ashri is the same man who,
Following his recent return from the U.S. al-Ashri gave a television interview during which he declared: "It is the dream of my life to wage war against Israel." He also stated: "There is no such thing as a Christian religion."
Interesting to note that back in 2012, President Mohammed Morsi vowed to deal with "moral" vigilantism", and denied the existence of any morality police, even though there have been several incidents of vigilantism.
There is no 'Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice' in Egypt as has been rumoured of late, Yasser Ali, acting spokesman for Egypt's newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi, said on Wednesday.
"It's not true that there is such a committee; the incidents that have happened of late were all instigated by individuals and investigations are still underway," he said.
I can't imagine Al-Ashri would have set up his CPVP without Morsi's approval. I hope the Egyptian people continue to take a stand before it's too late.
Sadly, not unexpected.