The morals police in Saudi Arabia has directed their attention toward the latest conspiracy to corrupt the youth and undermine Islam: summer festivals. The religious police have declared that these festivals improperly encourage the mixing of men and women and involve such evil acts as dancing and magic shows.
The festivals were part of an effort to boast tourism to the Kingdom and it demonstrates the power of the religious institutions in blocking a governmental effort.
Religious police spokesman Abdullah al-Mashiti announced: “These acts contradict the faith and must not be done, taught, spread or encouraged.” al-Mashiti noted that some circus performers engage in fire-eating and lying on beds of glass which constitute “magic” outlawed by the Koran (Qur’an). It appears that no one has explained to al-Mashiti that it is not actually real magic.
The religious police has also shutdown summer movies in its continued effort to keep the populace in a medieval state. The clerics appear to have finally moved beyond the crackdown on Mickey Mouse and mixed coffee consumption.
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