Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Well, Slap My Fatwa

[posted by Callimachus]

First came the breast-feeding fatwa. It declared that the Islamic restriction on unmarried men and women being together could be lifted at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times, to establish family ties.

For some reason I'm reminded of the old joke around here that Mennonites are opposed to sex, because it might lead to dancing.

The article contains good, sensible quotes like, “We were very angered when we heard about the Danish cartoons concerning our prophet; however, these two fatwas are harming our Islamic religion and our prophet more than the cartoons,” but as always I wonder, "that's what they say in English, to the New York Times reporter. What do they say in Arabic, for home consumption, knowing we won't bother to translate it?"