Mickey Mouse is a marked rodent. Just this morning, I opined that it would be difficult to top a Saudi Cleric who has called for the execution of horoscope readers on television in the name of Sharia law. I spoke too soon. Sheikh Muhammad Munajid has now called for the death on television of Mickey Mouse and his cartoon kindred rodent Jerry. A former diplomat, Munajid explains that Sharia demands the death of all mice — actual or cartoon. It is not clear whether Disney is expected to have a cartoon stoning or simply change the ending to Fantasia.
Munajid is a former diplomat in Washington and was asked on television to explain the Islamic view of mice. It seems unlikely that he wanted a formal stoning (though Muscles McGurk would be happy to carry it out) but he suggested that celebrity mice hide a more evil purpose. He explained that the mouse is “one of Satan’s soldiers” and makes everything it touches impure. He complained about the depiction of such creatures: “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.” Presumably, Pluto also has a reckoning coming given the view of dogs by some Muslims, here.
Munajid’s attack on Mickey indicates that he has moved on from the Beijing Olympics, which he denounced for showing women in skimpy outfits. Of course, experiments of long jumpers in burkas have proven discouraging.
I have always been suspicious about the meaning of “Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!”
Walt Disney once said, “Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.” It now appears that the end was . . . Satan.
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