Mickey Mouse Must Diiieieeee!!!!

Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is “one of Satan’s soldiers” and makes everything it touches impure.

But he warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney’s Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable.

The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia, both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed. source

Hey, Regular Muslim People: Go tell your crazy counterparts to take it down a notch, OK? I mean, I agree that Mickey Mouse and the other mice must die and stuff, but the reasoning here is wrong.

hat tip Pharyngula


  1. #1 Becca
    September 17, 2008

    Actually, that’s the most reasonable things I’ve ever heard out of a Crazy Muslim ™.
    Most mice must not die! They are generally cute, furry and clever. The only scienceblogger you can say that about is PZ.
    Mickey Mouse, OTOH, is a symbol of Capitalist-Whore Conspicuous-Consumer madness and decay!
    Quick, go visit Disney world or the commies like me will take over!

  2. #2 Stephanie Z
    September 17, 2008

    Of course, Becca, you know it’s a mark of privilege to be able to look at a mouse and see cute rather than competition for scarce resources, right? 😉 Not that I didn’t once adopt a field mouse I found at work.

  3. #3 Todd Unctious
    September 17, 2008

    Apparently Mickey is taking it seriously!

  4. #4 becca
    September 17, 2008

    @Stephanie Z- oh I sometimes look at mice and see them as cute, furry, and clever FOOD for even more cute, interesting, and special lizards. But they only work for food if they are alive to start. If they all died, we’d be in trouble.

    @ Todd Unctious- wait, female Muslims are Ninjas? And Mickey Mouse is going undercover as one of them?

  5. #5 Tom L
    September 18, 2008

    I wonder how this mullah-fella proposes to kill mouse cartoons? Did he pick up all the surplus barrels of Dip(tm) off the set of Who Framed Roger Rabbit after filming was all wrapped up?

    Speaking of Dip, this guy soitenly qualifies, don’t he?

  6. #6 Romeo Vitelli
    September 18, 2008

    So now there’s a fatwa against Mickey and Minnie? I hope Salman Rushdie gets along with his new roommates. On the other hand, it may be a mark of progress that the death threats are directed against fictional characters now.

  7. #7 Christian
    September 18, 2008

    Also, according to an Iranian Scholar, Tom and Jerry are part of an evil Jewish conspiracy and must therefore be banned. You can watch his lecture (with subtitles) at youtube: