By Rachid Madani
By Rachid Madani
Morocco World News
Casablanca, July 6, 2012
The furious debate that has been ongoing recently about sexual liberty in Morocco has become further irritated after the statements of “Leghzioui” and “Cheikh Nahari,” stating that the issue is the wrong battle to fight on behalf of prosperity and development of Morocco.
The debate is implicitly politically motivated and some parties of the opposition are standing behind, watching the fire that has erupted in society and the clashes between different factions. The opposition party is aiming to offend the Islamic government of “Justice and Development,” and they have grouped this under the banner of human rights. Since in politics all weapons are accepted, some parties of the opposition are doing what they can to win over the majority– particularly PJD–using associations and the press as arms in this battle.
“Cheikh Nahari”’s reaction was spurred by his love for Islam and he feels that it is his duty to defend Islam against this outrageous campaign. But “Cheikh Nahari” went too far when he called for the killing of “Laghzioui.” This was an irresponsible reaction that the proponents of sex liberty were waiting for, and “Nahari” has given them a golden opportunity. His immature reaction now is used in the media to stigmatize the Islamists and show how brutal and small minded they are with no tolerance and the ability to debate away from cruel reactions.
No one could deny that sexual relations outside marriage do not exist in Moroccan society. A lot of babies are born as a result of these relations along with a great number of abortions that are performed every day. However, the authorities turn a blind eye to this. The legalization of such relations in a society like Morocco where a majority of people still suffer from widespread illiteracy that will not solve the society’s large problems. This legalization will be a catastrophe, and no one would expect its negative effects on a society where the majority is comprised of conservative Muslims.
If the call of “Nahari” to the killing of “Leghzioui” is condemned as an irresponsible action, the calls to legalize sexual relations outside marriage could be considered as extremism, especially when it comes from Moroccans who expect such reaction even before they call for that.
These sexual debates that center around sex organs won’t be any good for the country, and these are not the big challenges facing Morocco. While we were expected to focus on development issues– including the development of human’ minds through education–we are following the empty debates that, if not harm won’t give any good for the country.
Let us be wise, and stop playing with fire that might burn everyone!
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