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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Egypt threatens to jail parents who give their children ‘Western’ Names

The Egyptian authorities are considering to a place ban on parents giving their children “Western” names, with a possible jail sentence for offenders.
A draft law banning the use of ‘foreign names’ like “Mark”, “Lara” and “Sam” was introduced by one of Egypt’s 588 MPs, MP Bedier Abdel Aziz and discussed by his country’s parliament Tuesday.
According to the Egypt Independent newspaper, he claims that a spread of American and European names in new generations will divorce Egyptians from their “true identity”.
“Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture.
“Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,”
Aziz who also claimed that Western names can be hard to pronounce, suggested punishment of up to $250 fine or six months in prison for offenders.

If the ban finally puts in place, Egypt would not be alone in operating a ban on certain names. In 2014,  Saudi Arabia banned 50 names, including Linda, Sandy, and Alice.

The draft law has however, been criticized by social media users who, citing it as a baseless matter that the Parliament should not discuss.

8 comments:

Ezenwa sly said...

The Egyptian patiarment lack focus because a like that with enormous security challenges can not bring such a trivial issue like this to its floor for discussion while terrorists are killing the Christians in their country

Ezenwa sly said...

The Egyptian patiarment lack focus because a like that with enormous security challenges can not bring such a trivial issue like this to its floor for discussion while terrorists are killing the Christians in their country

Anonymous said...

They must be mad. They can't dictate what people do with their lives for Pete's sake

Eeyore said...

I foresee the Sharia laws in Northern Nigeria copying this stupidity in the near future.

AGB said...

Stay there! Not every culture,nationality or civilization is like Nigeria that just copies everything & doesn't see how theirs go extinct or undeveloped.

Anonymous said...

It is a pity that after all the Arab spring revolution brouhaha which progressives around the world thought will usher in a new era of progress into Egypt, this is what the Egyptians end up with.

Chris Obaze said...

Stupid people. Was ancient Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs an Arabic country?
Arabs invaded them long after the fall of the empire and populated the whole place even with their Islamic religion.
They have lost their identity already and should shut up.

Odinaka C.A. EmeJuru said...

This decolonisation agenda should be legislated immediately and every other African country should follow suit and those of you whose christian fanatism could not allow to see the proposed legislation as Pan-Africanist should read the report once again.
It says that the giving of Western names to babies can lead to the extinction of Egypt indigenous heritage and not Arabic names

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