An icon of American culture, it seems that Mickey Mouse isn’t appreciated worldwide.
The UK Telegraph is reporting that a Muslim cleric from Saudi Arabia has sentenced Mickey Mouse to death. Former Saudi diplomat Sheikh Muhammad Munajid has denounced the lovable cartoon character as a “soldier of Satan”, according to The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI, for short):
“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.”
Could it be that Mickey Mouse represents the USA and calling for his death is simply another way of saying “Death to America” as is so often heard in the third world? Or could MEMRI be distorting what the cleric said for propaganda purposes? Either way, the focus should really be on Donald Duck since was he truly the evil one :)