Mickey Mouse must die, says Saudi Arabian cleric/diplomat Sheikh Muhammad Munajid:
The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia, both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed.
Mr Munajid was asked to give Islam’s teaching on mice during a religious affairs programme broadcast on al-Majd TV, an Arab television network.
According to a translation prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an American press monitoring service, he said: “The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers and is steered by him…
“Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases.”
Last month Mr Munajid condemned the Beijing Olympics as the “bikini Olympics”, claiming that nothing made Satan happier than seeing females athletes dressed in skimpy outfits.
A former diplomat. There are the guys who our State Department depends on to:
1. be a moderating force in the Middle East
2. keep our economy running smoothly
3. help us in the war against terrorism
..and we wonder why everything is so screwed up?
UPDATE: In the comments section, DPU asks:
“And there’s no chance [he] was making a joke.”
Yeah, I’d say it’s a typical example of Saudi po-mo irony. Those guys just kill at the Laff Lounge.
I mean literally. The head of Saudi Arabian Supreme Judiciary Council Sheikh Salih A-Lahidan declared that evil TV [satellite channel owners] can be killed, saying “It is legitimate to kill those who encourage corruption in faith…if their evil cannot be stopped by other penalties,”
Hey, that’s the same Saudi government official who, in 2005, told young Saudis to go to Iraq and become suicide bombers. You know, King Abdullah’s best friend. What a kidder.