Monday, September 15, 2008

Uh-oh! Fatwa Alert!


The Volokh Conspiracy has given us a heads-up on more top-notch thinking from our friends the Saudis:
RELIGIOUS DECREE SAYING IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO KILL THE OWNERS OF SATELLITE TV NETWORKS THAT BROADCAST IMMORAL CONTENT"

...issued by "Saudi Arabia's top judiciary official." So reports the Associated Press:

The 79-year-old Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan said Thursday that satellite channels cause the "deviance of thousands of people." ...

Al-Lihedan is chief of the kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council. Saudi Arabia's judiciary is made up of Islamic clerics whose decrees, or fatwas, on everyday issues are widely respected. Their fatwas do not have the weight of law. In the courts, cleric-judges rule according to Islamic law, but interpretations can vary...
Well, al-Lihedan lightened up a bit later, saying that you should only kill the purveyors of "black magic and sorcery" television, which is probably part of HGTV:
“Sorcerers who appear on satellite channels who are proven to be sorcerers have committed a great crime ... and the Muslim consensus is that the apostate’s punishment is death by the sword,” Sheikh Fozan told Al Madina newspaper. “Those who call in to these shows should not be accorded Muslim rites when they die.”
I promise I'll try to get some sorcery in next season's SHOOTING GALLERY...maybe I could just start with crossbows and some black candles...a bit of stage blood...Angelina Jolie...

5 comments:

West, By God said...

If you can get Angelina Jolie on the Shooting Gallery, it would probably be worth the Fatwa.

iainmcphersn said...

"black magic and sorcery" television

Thought that was Oxygen...

nj_larry said...

Sharia law is coming closer everyday. The British have now made Muslim Sharia courts official. This kind of justice is heading to America gentlemen !

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/
article4749183.ece

Kristopher said...

So ... do we get a World of Warcraft fatwa as well?

KK said...

I would be a substitute for you in the fatwa punishment if you can get Angelina in an episode of Cowboys - but she'll have to be dressed up like a cowgirl.

A hot-sexy-cartoonish-laura-croft kind of cowgirl. Liberal application of Bike Week fringed chaps with nothing underneath.

Yea, that'd be worth it!