And so it looks like the Egyptians, in their first-ever election, are going to install a parliament full of hard-faced, illiberal, judgemental reactionaries who have made it their mission to legislate public morality and to crack down upon non-conformity.
Men and women - though mostly men - given a mandate to stand athwart reality, yelling This far, and no further!
To which I can only say - congratulations, Egyptians! Welcome to the democratic club.
From Plymouth Rock to the tank-shelled White House in Moscow and from the Long Parliament to the arse-end of south-eastern Australia, it's taken the democratic world thousands of years to reach the settlement that the Egyptians have plumped for in the space of only a year.
Now, that's what I call progress.