Museum of Hoaxes debunks a highly circulated story.
Late last week a strange story emerged alleging that Egypt’s parliament was considering a ‘Farewell Intercourse Law’ to make it legal for Egyptian husbands to have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after death.
Naturally a lot of news orgs ran the story without bothering to do any kind of fact-checking. Then they had to backpedal after it became apparent there wasn’t any kind of truth to the report.
TheAmericanMuslim.org tried to find the source of the story and traced it to a fringe Moroccan sheikh, Zamzami Abdelbari, who suggested (a while ago) that Islam might allow the practice. This recently inspired an Egyptian talk-show host to mention the idea. Then a pro-Mubarak columnist for Al-Ahram picked up on it, claiming it was an actual law that was being considered by the Islamist parliament.
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Turned out this law is not real and was never actually suggested to the Egyptian Parliament but so many places reported on it and people shared it as being a real thing, it become an international outrage story.
Huffington Post reported on it as being legitimate.
But THIS STORY seems to be where the whole thing originated.
Did collective prejudices about radical Islam cause this to go unchecked? The same thing happens for other religions as well. Remember, news stories play to our emotions and assumptions very well. Don’t always trust them. Be critical, even of the news.