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Egyptians are Writing their own Secular Law .. on Twitter

Egyptians are drafting their very own secular law – on Twitter.

It all started when Mahmoud Salem – aka Sandmonkey – suggested the following:

بـما إن الإسلاميين شايفين العلمانيين مش مسلمين, وشايفين إن غير المسلمين يحتكمو بشعرائهم , مين عاوز يكتب معايا شريعة العلمانية؟ #فرصة #دستور

@Sandmonkey: Because Islamists view secular people as being unIslamic, and see that non-Muslims are controlling their religious rituals, who wants to write with me a secular law?

On cue, the hashtag #شريعة_العلمانية [ar] (Secular Law) soon came up, and was populated with suggestions on what this new sharia (law) for secular people should be.

Salem leads the draft law, with a focus on women, saying:

#شريعة_العلمانية لا يحق لأحد المتاجرة بالنساء واللي يبـغين الزواج من أطفال لمجر بلوغهم الجسدي يتم حبسهم وإحالتهم للعلاج النفسي

@Sandmonkey: Trading in women is banned and those who want to get married to children should be jailed and taken for psychological treatment

Malak Boghdady adds:

#شريعة_العلمانية – الست مش حتة لحمة ماشيه في الشارع…الست انسان زيها زي الرجل من حقها تحس بالامان و متتكسفش من نفسها لمجرد انها انثي!

@MalakBoghdady: Woman are not a piece of meat, walking on the street. A woman is a human being, just like a man, and it is her right to feel safe and not be ashamed for being a woman.

And Shahinaz Abdel Salam notes:

#شريعة_العلمانية ان مش مهم لوني و لا نوعي و لا ديني المهم عملي

@Wa7damasrya: My colour, type and religion are not important. My work is.

She continues:

#شريعة_العلمانية العدالة و المساواة و الحرية

@Wa7damasrya: Justice, equality and freedom.

Moving to politics, Mohamed Emam suggests:

#شريعة_العلمانية لا يسمح بإقامة أحزاب سياسية على أسس دينية أو عرقية ، وإستخدام الشعارات الدينية في السياسة دجل وليس برنامجا سياسيا

@meman8: It is not allowed to form political parties on the basis of religion or ethnicity. Using religious slogans in politics is fraudulent and does not constitute a political programme

On personal freedom, Nevine Zaki notes:

#شريعة_العلمانية انت حر ما لم تضر

@nevine_zaki: You are free as long as you don't harm others

On religion, Zaki tweets:

#شريعة_العلمانية الدين لله والوطن للجميع

@nevine_zaki: Religion is for God and the nation is for all.

And Emam adds:

#شريعة_العلمانية من حقك إعتناق ” أي” دين تختاره وممارسة شعائرك دون تدخل من أحد ، وعليك إحترام “كل” الأديان الأخرى

@memam8: You have the right to embrace any religion you want and the right to practice your rituals without interference from others. You also have to respect all the other religions

While Nahla Enany keeps it brief:

#شريعة_العلمانية كن انساناً

@Nahla_88: Be human

In conclusion, we return to Sandmonkey, who tweets:

اهانة الرموز واجب كل علماني لما الرموز ديه تستعبط #شريعة_العلمانية

@Sandmonkey: Insulting figureheads when they act dumb is the duty of every secular

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