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Kissing on Egyptian Streets

A photograph circulating on Facebook of two young Egyptians kissing in the street stirred both outrage and admiration. Shared by Ahmed ElGohary, a commentator objected to ‘the lack of manhood’ entailed by sharing such photo. Others praised the beauty of it and its revolutionary sense.

Two young lovers kiss on the street in Egypt, shared by Ahmed ElGohary

Two young lovers kiss on the street in Egypt, shared by Ahmed ElGohary

Public display of affection is widely frowned upon in Egypt, as laws of public indecency could be used to prosecute those who publicly show affection or drink alcohol on the streets.

Alongside the photo, ElGohary shared lyrics of Youssra El Hawary's song On The Street. El Hawary an upcoming independent singer and her songs proved a youtube success. On The Street's lyrics read:

Some people curse each other, kill each other on the street,
Some people sleep on the floor on the street,
Some people sell their honor on the street,
But it would truly be a scandal if one day we forgot and kissed each other on the street!

  • Don Grantzki

    Kiss your love on the street and I will KILL YOU!
    Creed of the “peaceful” Muslim.

    • nimh

      The couple in the photo is also Muslim…

      • Don Grantzki

        Obviously they won’t be beheading themselves. But what of the “brotherhood”?

        • nimh

          The Muslim Brotherhood, for all its faults, is not beheading people either, Hyperbole is not helpful.

          It won’t do to pretend that all Muslims, or alternatively, all Muslim Brotherhood-type believers, are infidel-beheading Al Quaeda extremists. That kind of rhetorics creates more noise than light, if the aim is to try to understand a situation.

          • Don Grantzki

            Given their track record, I see no indication that ANY of the various Muslim factions “understand” each other. For the most part the ONLY thing they can agree upon is that they consider America’s way of life to be based on greed and practiced by something they like to refer to as “infidels” and the celebrations in and around the Muslim world after the 9/11 attacks tell me all I need to know about them.

          • M. Drew Emmick

            How is that black and white world you’re living in? The world is not as simple and naive as your us vs. them mentality. And your use of quotations is wrong and annoying.

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  • Shahid Raki

    This is not what is encouraged in Islam, but in comparison to what I’ve been seeing on the news coming from their country and some others in that area, I would rather see this than the fighting and killing. The killing is one neighbor against another, which is civil fighting. Why should anyone be fighting with their neighbors? When you hurt or kill your neighbor you are basically killing yourself. You are a part of your community no matter who you are or what you think of your neighbors. Don Grantzki shows that he doesn’t know what is really happening in Egypt. He’s going off of his own misconcepts, just like people there might have about Americans. Until you’ve been in their country or met some of their people you can only go on what you see that the media presents. Many times that is grossly misleading. Do some research on your own. Don’t always take the media’s input at face value. They are quite capable of piecing together snippets to look like other than what they truly are. If they can grossly mispronounce names and words so easily, so can they put in leave out what they wish.

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