Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has announced that he has found “the source of all evil and devastation” in the world. It is no small achievement. The source you ask? Twitter. That’s right, Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation.” This is one of top ranking Islamic cleric in the most powerful Muslim nation on Earth.
This is an elevation of Twitter from his earlier comments calling Twitter something only used by “clowns.” It is has apparently moved from circus-like to pure evil.
By the way, someone should tell al-Sheikh that the declaration that “Twitter is the source of all evil and devastation” still leaves him 91 words on twitter to denounce such demonic spawn as Facebook, Tumblr, and others that would be hurt not to be condemned on the same basis.
We have seen other Islamic leaders in Iran and other countries striking out against the Internet and social media, which dangerously allows people to hear opposing views and exchange ideas. Other authoritarian nations like China have joined the campaign against social media and Internet freedom. However, al-Sheikh insists that it is Twitter that is threat to Islam. He did say that it is not the technology itself but the fact that it is “exploited for trivial matters.” He said this on the “Fatwa” television show — catchy title.
What I particularly love is his statement that “People are rushing to it thinking it’s a source of credible information but it’s a source of lies and falsehood.” The problem appears to be that Twitter is used to offer other views than those approved by the Wahhabi establishment and enforced by the medieval Sharia system in the country. Any other information is simply not “credible.”
As facially ridiculous as these comments may sound, they immediately produced the desired response among soon of the faithful. One writer stated “I swear the mufti has spoken the truth; the evils of Twitter are many.”
Other Saudis responded with mirth and mocking . . . on Twitter.