From Israel Today:
A prominent Saudi Islamic cleric has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against Mickey Mouse, whom he characterized as an agent of Satan sent to corrupt young minds.
Sheikh Mohammed Al-Munajid told Saudi Arabia’s Al-Majd Television that his beef with Mickey is that he is a mouse, a creature that Islam sees as “repulsive and corrupting.”
Al-Munajid explained that Islamic law refers to the mouse as “little corrupter” and a creature that is “steered by Satan,” and grants permission to all Muslims to “kill [mice] in all cases.”
To quote my friend Geoff, who pointed me at this story through his RSS shared feed, “Wow.”
The Defamer gives us a bit more context:
The fatwa has since proven deeply divisive to Palestineans, who only last year were treated by Hamas to a powerful “Martyred Mickey” episode of the popular children’s show Pioneers of Tomorrow — a crisis of allegorical politics that now stands to shatter the rodent relations so painstakingly advanced over the years. We pray for a swift, peaceful accord; it would be a shame to see Sarah Palin’s foreign-policy skills wasted on such a trifle somewhere down the line.
My head hurts. And yes, my Pal Mickey put on his Ramones shirt, also guaranteed to corrupt young minds.
And hey, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you not to point your kids at the “Martyred Mickey” summary, right?