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Mickey Mouse makes Islamic cleric’s hit-list

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 19, 2008 | 9:27 pm

Sheikh Salih Ibn al-Luhaydan, who this week said it was cool to kill the infidel owners of naughty western cable programs, has been outdone. YNet explains a Muslim cleric’s fatwa against that agent of Satan, Mickey Mouse:

Maybe Islamic cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid is just more of a Bugs Bunny sort of guy?

In an interview with Al-Majd Television the sheikh, a former diplomat who once served in the Saudi embassy in Washington, condemned cartoons that endear rodents to their viewers.

Islamic law, he said, sees the mouse as “a repulsive, corrupting creature” while children today see mice as loveable and “awesome” because of animated shows like Tom and Jerry, and Disney staple Mickey Mouse.

“Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases,” Al-Munajid tells the interviewer.

“The shari’a refers to the mouse as ‘little corrupter,’ and says it is permissible to kill it in all cases. It says that mice set fire to the house, and are steered by Satan. The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers,” he goes on to say.

Thanks to the Friendly Atheist for the link; he’s also got a funny photo. Crazy fatwas are a common occurrence in the Muslim world. You might remember discussion last summer of fatwas that said drinking the prophet Muhammad’s urine was a blessing or that the restriction and men and women being alone together in public could be lifted at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times a day to establish familial ties. (That’s funny, but it’s no joke.)

Click here for a list of the “World’s Stupidest Fatwas.”

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