17 September 2008

Saudi Cleric Says Mickey Mouse Must be Put Down

A Saudi Cleric has called for the death of fictional character Mickey Mouse because he is one of Satan's soldiers (you sure you're not thinking of KISS, Mr. Munajid). The Telegraph reports (h/t Nutty News):

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.

Of course Sheikh Munajid has no ill-will against Farfour, the lovable rascal modeled after Mickey on Palestinian TV who calls for death to Israel. Cartoon mice have been known to take sides on political issues and in a time of war (see Itchy and Scratchy teaming up to thwack Hitler), so perhaps this is a veiled attempt by the Saudi cleric to engage in partisan politics. For or against what...I do not know.