Mickey Mouse Must Die

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From The Telegraph comes the story of a Saudi Arabian cleric who believes Mickey Mouse must die:

Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is “one of Satan’s soldiers” and makes everything it touches impure.

But he warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney’s Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable.

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.

Even better, “a translation prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an American press monitoring service” has him saying “The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers and is steered by him,” not to mention “If a mouse falls into a pot of food – if the food is solid, you should chuck out the mouse and the food touching it, and if it is liquid – you should chuck out the whole thing, because the mouse is impure.”

Chuck? You’re supposed to “chuck” out the mouse and the food touching it?

Oh, also:

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.

Satan and me both. And Mickey Mouse is the Devil’s soldier. Like, duh.

Image by Rasbak, from Wikipedia.


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