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But it isn't for looks. In Islam, it has meaning(s). Let me be your guide.
"Because many Egyptians are illiterate, officials use a pictorial ballot, and having a beard could give a candidate an edge. Egyptians voted heavily for bearded candidates. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi candidates have dominated"
Voting for a beard? This really articulates why the Middle East has never kept pace with the developed world and just how meaningless the right to vote is without the ability to actually discern what you are voting for.
I agree to a point. However, as to voting to the merits of the man, the U.S. barely meets that definition. Anymore I hear things like, "I don't care much for the person, but he's who the (insert your political party here) have chosen so I'm going to vote for him. Maybe I'll start a "Beard Party" in Minnesota and see how they do in 2014.
I know people who vote a straight Republican ticket every election without researching the candidates. They've admitted that they have voted for people who they never heard of until they looked at the ballot..but hey, this dude's got an R next to his name, so he's probably OK. How is that any different from voting for someone because they have a beard styled in a way that indicates they share your religious views?
Voting for a beard or political party? What do u do when your chosen rep votes against party lines so he can get favoritism in future votes? Is that how "deals" are done?
dahutys - "How is that any different from voting for someone because they have a beard styled in a way that indicates they share your religious views?" ------ Not much other than most people don't consider a bunch of illiterates voting based on beards and intolerant religious principles to be in the best interests of establishing a modern state.
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