Monday, September 15, 2008


Culture clashes are invariably interesting. Can you kill a cartoon?

Mickey Mouse must die for the good of Islam, a leading Saudi cleric said last month in a broadcast on al-Majd TV.

On Aug 27 Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid told viewers of a religious affairs programme that mice were agents of Satan and that Sharia law called for the extermination of all mice: from the common house mouse (Mus musculus) to cartoon mouse (Mickey Mouse).

A former diplomat attached to the Islamic Affairs Department at the Saudi embassy Washington, al-Munajid appears regularly on Saudi television to discuss religious and ethical topics.


I have to agree with him on one issue:

On Aug 10 he denounced the Beijing Olympics as the “bikini Olympics,”

I didn't watch much of the Olympics, but I did watch women's volleyball. The scarcity of clothing on the competitors bothered me as well. What was the Olympic committee selling, sports or sex?

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