This is a transcript of another conversation I had – with two females (one veiled, one wearing a niqab) campaigning for the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Alexandria (Iskandaria)
MB supporter: Here is a list of the achievements of the MB so far
Me: Well, just tell me, what is their electoral position. Say, for example, what is their position on women’s rights.
MB supporter: They are in support of women’s rights. They have a document listing eleven issues in support of women’s rights.
Me: Great, so what is their position on ‘Khale3′ (woman divorcing her husband)?
MB supporter: Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know the details of their position on women’s rights.
Me: Okay, what is their position on the economy?
MB supporter (speaking with enthusiasm): Oh, they are getting experts from around the world to work together to build a plan.
The issue here is not the MB’s positions, per se, but the lack of awareness of their positions by these two women campaigning for them.
Note: I am not saying that the MB’s supporters are all ignorant of their stance on issues. I’m sure there are others who know their stances. But for how many is the support over substance, and not style? This applies not only to MB supporters but to all supporters of any political party or position: we need to separate the style (I like him because he prays, or because he seems nice, etc etc) from the substance (I support him because I agree with his positions, past and present, on vital issues.)