First up, Satanists:
El Sawy Culture Wheel, a cultural center in Zamalek, is hosting Satanists, according to a complaint filed by a Freedom and Justice Party lawyer with the Interior Ministry.
The interior minister has assigned security authorities to investigate the matter.
Ismail al-Weshahy, the FJP lawyer, said some of his clients went to the center on Saturday to cover an event and saw people wearing T-shirts printed with Satanic images, as well as necklaces and other accessories which made them suspicious.
“They filmed them while they were performing Satanic rituals,” he said.
Controversy erupted in Egypt’s cultural scene after Ismail El-Weshahy, a lawyer for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), filed a complaint Saturday to the interior ministry against El-Sawy Culturewheel, the prominent cultural centre in Cairo’s upscale Zamalek district, accusing it of hosting “Satanist” rock bands and events.
The allegations, observers say, are reminiscent of Egypt’s infamous “Satan worshipers case” of the mid-1990s.
According to El-Weshahy, one of his clients attended a recent event at El-Sawy Culturewheel at which he claims to have seen young people wearing t-shirts adorned with what he described as satanic shapes and symbols. The lawyer said that his client had also filmed a group of people who he said were performing satanic rituals in the centre.
El-Weshahy insists that he does not represent the FJP in the case, but rather his two clients, both of whom are members of an independent anti-corruption NGO called ‘We’re Watching You.”
For its part, the Culturewheel issued a statement regarding the 31 August heavy metal concert in which it denied claims by El-Weshahy and his clients.
“In our ten years of activity, the Culturewheel has not hosted any kind of practice that could be called Satanic,” the statement asserted, going on to express doubt that Satanism in Egypt existed at all.
The Culturewheel also stressed in its statement that the centre’s administration did not allow any kind of violation during its concerts, be it smoking or any other kind of unacceptable behaviour.
On 30 and 31 August, the centre hosted several Egyptian heavy metal and rock bands.
Nour Ayman Nour, the revolutionary activist and rock band member (and son of prominent reform activist Ayman Nour), slammed El-Weshahy on Twitter, demanding that the FJP declare that it was not responsible for the case against the culture centre.
Nour told Ahram Online that the issue reminded him of the State Security campaigns of the 1990s, in which, he said, the authorities would contrive fake controversies in an effort to distract the public from more pressing issues.
“Instead of filing complaints against metal bands and El-Sawy Culturewheel, why don’t the FJP’s lawyers focus on corruption cases that really matter?” Nour asked. He went on to call on the lawyers to refrain from judging young people based merely on their appearance.
“Ismail El-Weshahy himself could have been the victim of such profiling in the past,” Nour said, referring to the way Islamists – or all bearded men – were treated in Egypt during the Mubarak era.
In late 1996, Egyptian security forces arrested several young people on charges of promoting Satanism in Egypt through metal and black-metal music, possessing drugs and insulting the divine religions. The case, which came to be known in the media as “the Satan worshipers case,” was handled largely by Egypt’s State Security apparatus.
After months of media controversy, the defendants were eventually released due to a lack of evidence.
Nevertheless, given local sensibilities, many Egyptians continue to associate so-called ‘black metal’ music with Satanism.
On Saturday, Egyptian metal band member Wael Osama posted a video on YouTube in which he defended metal music and bands from El-Weshahy’s allegations.
“El-Weshahy made grave legal accusations against the metal bands. We should be concerned about the reactions of the public. After all, we recently saw what happened to the young man who was walking with his fiancé in Suez and was killed by radical Islamists,” Osama told Ahram Online, warning against a return to the inquisitions of the past.
“I tried to use the media available to me to explain the metal subculture to the people of Egypt,” he said. “I feel sympathy for this lawyer, since he may not be familiar with the metal subculture, and therefore may find it strange to see young people head banging and wearing black.”
This being Egypt, Israel is bound to pop up somewhere:
Weshahy is also filing a complaint against Tawfiq Okasha, accusing him of divulging military secrets and spying for Israel, and saying he has evidence to prove it.
Okasha currently faces trial on charges of inciting the assassination of President Mohamed Morsy.
In previous Devil worshipping cases, Israel and Mossad are also featured prominently. Also, you may want to open the link above to see what Devil worshippers look like, if the two Goth women are not to your liking.
If, however, you are into Satanism, I have an exclusive video from the El Sawy metal performance that proves the Devil likes Metal music, and that this event was organised by the Jews to corrupt Egyptian youth.
Warning: foul language.