Mickey Mouse is a corrupting influence and must die, a Muslim cleric has declared.
By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
15 Sep 2008
Sheikh Muhammad Munajid warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Disney's Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact lovable. [He] 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 lovable.
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.
Mr Munajid was asked to give Islam's teaching on mice during a religious affairs programme broadcast on al-Majd TV, an Arab television network.
According to a translation prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an American press monitoring service, he said: "The mouse is one of Satan's soldiers and is steered by him. 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. According to Islamic law, the mouse is a repulsive, corrupting creature. How do you think children view mice today--after Tom and Jerry? 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."
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.
Ah-hah-hah-hah! You know, I really do believe in respecting others' rights and religions (As long as they don't step on others' rights, and they keep their religion out of our government...remember that whole "separation of church and state" thing? You know...the First Amendment?!), but I'm sorry...this is just plain silly.
I think we all agree that we don't want a mouse--Mickey, Minnie, or any of their evil minions--hanging out in our kitchens. Yuck! We're lucky that Sheeba is a great mouser, and if he catches a mouse in the basement, he brings him up, places him in one of our shoes, and then we can go out on the deck and dump the mouse outside. Sheeba enjoys the hunt, he gets much praise (and treats) for catching the mouse, we don't have to kill the mouse, and we get the mouse out of the house. Everyone's a winner! Hey...if Sheeba is a great mouser, does that make him an Avenging Angel of God?? Jeez, I hope not...he already rules this household. Give him Avenging Angel status and he'll be impossible.
But calling Mickey or any of his country cousins "one of Satan's soldiers?" I can't help it...that's just funny!
And a couple of points. While we may get the occasional mouse in the basement, we aren't so lousy with rodents that we have them falling from the ceiling into our food. If that ever did happen, you can bet I'd throw the whole dang thing out, whether solid or liquid, not just whatever food the mouse touched. I wouldn't care if it was a dozen filet mignons, they'd be gone.
Since when do Muslim clerics call things "awesome?" As in "Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character." Does he mean it as in "awe-inspiring" or in the surfer dude way? "Mickey? Ohhhhh...AWESOME!"
And oh yes...the "Bikini Olympics." I'm sure that Lucifer was sitting on his throne in Hades, glued to NBC's coverage of the Beijing Olympics, chortling in a very evil way and muttering to himself, "Bikinis...eeexcelleeeent. Hey, I wonder if Bob Costas wears a toupee?"