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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sacred Bureaucracy?

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis writes of how she was required to specify not only her religion but that of her lawyer at the Real Estate Registration Office in the city in which she lives:

"Yesterday morning I went to the Real Estate Registration Office to sign a notary form, appointing my lawyer. There, I was surprised to discover that I was required to prove my religion and the religion of the lawyer I wanted to appoint. And because I wasn't planning to get married to the lawyer yet, it never crossed my mine to ask him about his religion before this. All that I wanted was a competent lawyer for a specific cast and I don't think it will effect me or the Egyptian state whether he was Jewish or Shinto or even an adherent of the sacred carrot!" (read more here at

Makes me think of where we are headed with the way things are going here with the so called Islamization of this country. And before anyone says it, the fact that it is happening elsewhere does not make it any better. Bureaucratic process is not sacred just because it is is put in place in the name of Islam. For those who think otherwise, I would be glad to hear from you - in a constructive manner. If bureaucracy was sacred and divine, as some can be understood to suggest, explain how a Malaysian syariah court judge and a religious department officer have been charged for corruption (see here). Or is the Anti-Corruption Agency blaspheming too?



Anonymous said...

i'm really sad, angry, n frankly insulted by this constant apartheid-seeking muslim mentality. i feel that they r making a very rude n unfriendly statement: avoid the kafirs like plague, "lest u become 1 of them".

"And because I wasn't planning to get married to the lawyer yet, it never crossed my mine to ask him about his religion before this."

[i wonder why we even need to bother about another's religion even if in the case of marriage?? this is 1 of the saddest things that has ever happened to me, to b told that i just wasn't 'clean n pure enough' to marry a muslim... n that, frankly, is the beginning of my 'islam consciousness', which many muslims would call 'islamophobia'.

i'm NOT going to apologise for my 'islamophobia', suffice to say that IT WASN'T ME WHO STARTED IT.

"I wasn't able to explain the situation other than that the Egyptian state forces citizens to discriminate against each other even when they did not want to do so.

I never though the day would ever come that I would turn around to a stranger and ask him for his religion."

sounds very much like home.

i think we've also marched very far down that road already, here in malaysia.

Chicken Feet aka KaKiaYam said...

Yeah, me too. I would like to hear from a person who thinks otherwise.