Sunday, September 21, 2008

Islam: The World's Worst Mousetrap

It's not that I'm entirely unreachable. Insofar as radical Islam seeks to eliminate Mickey Mouse, I'm not convinced, but I can easily think of worse:

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.
As I say, it's a start, but the god-addled freak lost me at Tom and Jerry. Tom and Jerry taught me almost everything I know about the humorousness of consequence-free violence.

Continuing with sheikh what's-his-face:
According to Islamic law, the mouse is a repulsive, corrupting creature. How do you think children view mice today – after Tom and Jerry?
I don't think someone so idiotically literal-minded should be in the habit of posing rhetorical questions, so I take this question as posed: I can't speak for all children, but when I was a kid, I distinctly recall the disappointment that actual mice weren't half as funny as Jerry. All actual mice ever do is skitter away, turn up dead in mousetraps, or serve as prey in nature documentaries. Which is to say, actual mice are very different from cartoon mice.

Speaking as the notional adult that that child became, I love Tom and Jerry, and if god considers them unclean and worthy of death, then god is a complete asshole.

(H/T Pharyngula)

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