Imam: Porn Leads to Atheism, Every Other Problem

The former Grand Mufti of Egypt says that porn is “the cause of all affliction in which the world now lives” and leads to atheism. Wait, I thought being an atheist leads to porn because we don’t have any morality or something? I wish they’d get their story straight.

The former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, told theTV channel CBC Sunday evening that watching porn leads to atheism because industry makers believe that the human body can be used in everything.

“Pornography, which is made public and is circulated through magazines and movies and has its stars, was an industry initiated in 1960 in the US and is the cause of all affliction in which the world now lives,” Gomaa added.

Gomaa believes the industry has attempted to bring about a sexual revolution. “I hope we do not link this industry to freedom, because freedom is elevated and means human dignity,” he mentioned.

This statement could have been made, and has been made, by any number of Christian right leaders as well. “Freedom doesn’t include the right to do what I disapprove of.” Sorry, yes it does.

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  • Synfandel

    Being born leads to atheism. Indoctrination leads to religion.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    And I’ll tell you what leads to porn: it’s having a title like “Grand Mufti” [runs off accompanied by schoolboy giggles]

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I’m still dumbfounded to discover that there was no pornography before 1960.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    an industry initiated in 1960 in the US

  • eric

    @3 – likewise, I’m dumbfounded to discover all the world’s afflictions started in the 1960s.

  • dingojack

    Apparently the ex-Mufti needs to take a holiday to the Bay of Naples —

    specifically to Pompeii & Herculaneum (destroyed > 1960 24th August 79ce)

    @@

    Dingo

  • Irreverend Bastard

    I was an atheist long before I started watching porn.

  • daved

    On the other hand, if he’s right, it suggests that Freethought Blogs should be running an entirely different slate of ads.

  • Larry

    was an industry initiated in 1960

    Yet one more thing to be grateful to our hippie forefathers and foremothers!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Apparently the poor ex-Grand Mufti has not received an education in the history of the secular literature of his part of the world, such as the Tunisian 15th(? – maybe earlier)-century erotic guide The Perfumed Garden by the Sheikh Abu Abdullah Muhammad ben Umar Nafzawi.

    Or even an unexpurgated version of The Thousand and One Nights. :-O

  • John Pieret

    The ex- Grand Mufti must have studied pornography extensively in order to come to the conclusion that it is the cause of all affliction in which the world now lives. If so, that would explain why he suffers from the affliction of being so stupid as to think it only has existed since 1960.

  • llewelly

    How did this study account for other confounding correlated factors, such as GMOs, organic food, and autism?

  • felicis

    I thought porn led to blindness? At least that’s what I was told as a kid… I suppose I must be immune.

  • caseloweraz

    “Pornography, which is made public and is circulated through magazines and movies and has its stars, was an industry initiated in 1960 in the US and is the cause of all affliction in which the world now lives,” Gomaa added.

    The Grand Mufti is right. Pornography caused the civil war in Syria, and it made Russia annex the Crimea. It’s even responsible for the plunge in the DJIA this week. True story.

    The former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, told theTV channel CBC Sunday evening that watching porn leads to atheism because industry makers believe that the human body can be used in everything.

    But this has to be a poor translation — unless the Grand Mufti is talking about soylent green.

  • vereverum

    …porn is “the cause of all affliction in which the world now lives” and leads to atheism. Wait, I thought being an atheist leads to porn…

    Both. It’s a vicarious circle.

  • Artor

    What the fuck is a “Grand Mufti,” and is Gomaa an Egyptian for of Gohmert?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, told the TV channel CBC Sunday evening that watching porn leads to atheism because industry makers believe that the human body can be used in everything.

    As opposed to radical Islam, which teaches that the human body should only be used as a delivery vehicle for bombs.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I drove a Ford Grand Mufti back in the mid-1970s. It still had the 390 by then, but only the 2 bbl with two-bolt mains, making all of 205 horsepower.

    Still, with the velour interior and enormous back seat, it was a pussy magnet, making up for my complete lack of a personality.

  • moarscienceplz

    Porn causes atheism? God bless you, Ron Jeremy!

  • scienceavenger

    If porn led to atheism, there would be no churches, particularly in Utah.

  • colnago80

    Re Modus @ #18

    That’s 6.4 liters of displacement. 205HP is only 30HP/liter. That’s a pretty inefficient engine. My 2004 Honda Civic EX puts out 75HP/liter.

  • roggg

    If true, there should be WAY more atheists.

  • dugglebogey

    I became an atheist in 1993, and I didn’t get internet porn until 1995.

  • Lofty

    But colnago, is your honda civic a pussy magnet? I suspect not. Modus had a giant north pole there.

  • Lofty

    And completely covered in cat fur too.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I’ll bet he’s spoofed on his keyboard more than once.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    So bin laden was an atheist? I had no idea.

  • grendelsfather

    Ed is right in thinking he has it backwards. I usually start out cruising the internet at FtB, but because of the way the internet is set up, after an hour or so pretty much every site that comes up is lesbian porn. I am surprised no one else has noticed this.

  • dingojack

    sigurd jorsalfar – *Meh* – the standard US military fit-up. Really, that kind of ‘report’ lost even the most diaphanous vestiges of creditability long, long ago.*

    grendelsfather – so tell us, as an expert, what kind of porn do lesbians enjoy looking at? 😉

    Dingo

    ———

    * Notice how they try to back-pedal away from their ‘exclusive’ mid-story, as if even they realise how ridiculously unbelievable it all sounds

  • lorn

    Pussy magnet, my truck on early spring and fall nights. The critters fall asleep on the top of the tire while catching the warmth radiating off the engine. I get in, fire up the engine, and drive. Kitty goes from a sound sleep to 2-D in a fraction of a second. It happens enough for it to be a thing.

    Some time ago I read a book on the history of porn. I had no idea that the area of interest was so technologically influential.

    The book noted that erotica has lead the way on most technologies and often serves to finance technological advances that might not have been made otherwise. From memory, while the first book printed with movable type is recorded as being the Bible the second was certainly erotica of some flavor. In case after case it was porn that forced, and financed, the advances. Flesh tones are quite difficult to reproduce well photographically, on TV, on a computer monitor. Graphic depictions of sex stress test servers, routers, lines. For over a decade porn was the only money making enterprise on the early web. Porn producers were the pathfinders for secure credit card transactions online. When malware and viruses seemed like it might stifle the web it was larger porn sites, worried that their reputation for transmitting viruses might cut into profits, made strong efforts to scrub their sites clean and kept viruses out.

    A factoid from memory was that in the 1870s pornographic photographs sold out west went for more than the price of sex at a brothel. Simple economics evidently, photographs are portable and can be reused.