Despite of not knowing the prevalence of paedophilia in the general population, it has been estimated to be lower than 5% while studies show that 9 to 10 percent of men and 5 to 6 percent of women are gay/bisexual. In Egypt, it has been bothering me how people kept discussing lowering the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 9 years old for a long time after a parliament member tried to discuss it.
I mentioned above the estimated percentages of paedophiles and LGBT members not intending to put them at the same level of comparison (The first are sick, the latter have rights) but only to show that if people were to vote in Egypt today, both of them wouldn’t get anywhere (Away from the fact that paedophilia shouldn’t be an option). I personally think that LGBT rights should not be subjected to voting like how is goes in the USA as it became supported by scientific evidence that it is not a disease like paedophilia and it doesn’t affect children’s rights but this is not the point here anyway. The only reason why people are so eager to discuss paedophilia in public is just that it has a “religious support” not a taboo like LGBT rights.
My problem actually is leaving all the educational, sexist, classicist and racist problems along with the massive corruption in the country only to focus on the right for a 9 year old girl to get married or if a police officer should be allowed to have a beard. It is not as if I am against the latter, but seriously c’mon you don’t hear me bragging about a lot of stuff just for the sake of putting first things first. I don’t see those homeless starving people giving a SHIT about you marrying a kid or letting your beard grow, I guess people care more about you doing your job providing them safety and the government providing them with jobs, education, housing and health care!
So, next time I hear someone insulting secularists for not focusing on the rights of policemen to grow their beards I’ll start mentioning the endless humiliation, torture and murders by policemen passing through environmental causes and LGBT rights along with animal rights and many other important stuff for me, if he agreed upon 3 of the mentioned above I may consider their beards in my priorities!