A dozen little girls, the older not even eight years of age, wore the Islamic veil when they posed around a Kuwaiti preacher who is visiting Tunisia to preach conservative Islam. The photos led to vibrant protests across the country with even 70 lawmakers in the Constituent Assembly signing a motion to condemn what the Tunisian association for the rights of minors slammed as a ‘crime against children’. The little girls, the rights association said, were ‘used to convey an idea which is far removed from our culture and the noble precepts of Islam’ with a clear intention to indoctrinate the population.
The preacher at the centre of the controversy, Kamil Al Awhadi, said he did not come to Tunisia to change its society or impose religious choices.
Al Awadhi is known across the Middle East and North Africa thanks to his ability to use television to broadcast his ideas.
He is also well known for issuing a fatwa against cartoon character Sponge Bob accused of ‘homosexuality’ and of ‘inducing children to pervert behaviour’.
He’s posing with little girls whom he believes would be sexually enticing if they wouldn’t wear a veil, and he says SpongeBob is perverted???