Posted by: Lister | September 25, 2008

Mickey Mouse Must Die!

That’s the opinion of Sheikh Mohammed al-Munajid:

“Is Mickey Mouse an agent of Satan?”. This is the question being asked today in an editorial in the Middle East Times, commenting on the fatwa issued by a Saudi religious leader, Sheikh Mohammed al-Munajid, according to whom “sharia, or Islamic law, calls for the extermination of all mice. That includes the common house mouse as well as the famous cartoon mouse”.

[…] The newspaper uses these comments as an occasion to ask King Abdullah, who is making efforts to bring greater moderation to Islam and foster interreligious dialogue, to find a way to rein in these “experts”, who are often interviewed on television, and give religion a bad name with this “saga of outrageous fatwas”.

The editorial recalls that Al-Munajid was a member of the department of Islamic affairs for the Saudi embassy in Washington, before being “cashiered and sent back to Saudi Arabia”.

The sheikh is also accused of calling the recent games the “Bikini Olympics” and of being against footballers who wear shorts.

As they were mentioned in the above article, I looked up Religious Intelligence — a UK based group who collect religion flavoured news stories from around the world. They have an article about al-Munajid:

“How do you think children view mice today – after Tom and Jerry?” he asked.

“Even creatures that are repulsive by nature, by logic, and according to Islamic law have become wonderful and are loved by children. Even mice. Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases.”

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