Saudi Judge Issues Fatwa Against Satellite Broadcasters
19 September 2008 10:36 AM, PDT
“The head of Saudi Arabia’s highest court, the Supreme Judiciary Council, has ruled that it is permissible for Moslems to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that broadcast “immoral” programs. Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan issued a warning during a radio interview that owners of satellite TV channels who broadcast “indecency and impudent” would face “consequences.” He then added, “Those calling for corrupt beliefs, certainly it’s permissible to kill them.” The Associated Press observed that such a fatwa was particularly surprising given the fact that many of the satellite stations are owned by prominent Saudi princes and businessmen. As Saudi critics warned that al-Lihedan’s remarks could fuel vigilante action, he altered his statement somewhat saying that those broadcasting indecent programs should be brought to trial and, if found guilty, executed. The controversy erupted as organizers of Abu Dhabi’s second annual Middle East Film Festival announced its October lineup, including Body of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo di Caprio as a CIA boss and an agent tracking down a terrorist in Jordan and Woody Allen’s Vicki Cristina Barcelona, which has scenes of three-way and lesbian sex..” [Emphasis mine.]
On what fucking planet is it ok for people to use religion to make it “legal” to kill people? Oh right. This fucking planet. Is it too early to move to the moon? Can we get on that, please?