The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Talaat Sadat. He is the nephew of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Mr. Sadat gets today's award for calling for a boycott of all mail coming from Israel. The reason- An offensive stamp.
Gimme a break, its offensive only to small narrow-minded people like Mr. Sadat. A muzzein calling from the top of a minaret is not offensive. What I feel lays behind Talaat Sadat's actions is politics. He wants to stir up people, it has nothing to do with religion. Anwar Sadat tried to bring peace to the Middle East, his nephew wants to stir religious hatred.
For being a self seeking and narrow-minded politician who dishonors the memory of his uncle, Talaat Sadat is today's Knucklehead of the day.
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CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian MP Talaat Sadat, whose uncle became the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel, called for a boycott of all mail coming from the Jewish state in protest against a stamp deemed offensive to Islam.
The independent daily Nahdet Masr on Saturday carried a letter signed by Sadat and three other lawmakers urging the Egyptian government to file a request for Israel to withdraw the "infidel" stamp.
In the mouthpiece of Sadat's Ahrar party, the MPs explained that the stamp depicted a muezzin calling for prayer from the top of his minaret like a pop star singing to a crowd.
Talaat Sadat, whose illustrious uncle Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 before being assassinated two years later, is notorious for his headline-grabbing stunts.
In the summer, he mounted a short-lived challenge to his uncle's successor Hosni Mubarak in the country's first contested presidential election before eventually pulling out of the race.