Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saudi Issues A TV Fatwa

Graphic: The Fatwa Pig

From this source, on the business page of Yahoo! News, on September 12, 2008:
Top cleric in Saudi judiciary: it's OK to kill owners of TV networks airing 'immoral content'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top judiciary official has issued a religious decree saying it is permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV networks that broadcast immoral content.
In the past, Al-Lihedan called upon Saudis to fight against American forces in Iraq. Now he's moved his jihad-by-fatwa to the media.

Will Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal find himself under the shadow of a fatwa? After all, the prince owns Rotana, the most popular of the Arabic satellite networks.

Anyway, just wait until more Moslems invest in Western satellite systems. Censorship will take center stage.

And think of all the shows you like, the shows that you will no longer be able to watch. Remember: Sayyed Qutb found the crooners' song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" immoral. The Moslem perception of immorality differs from that of the West's.

Yet one more reason to be determined that we infidels win!

(Crossposted to Infidel Bloggers Alliance)

Note: Since I queued up this posting last week, due to some controversy, the aforementioned member of the Saudi judiciary has qualified his remarks:
Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan, the chief of the kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council, appeared on government-run Saudi TV in an apparent attempt to calm the controversy his comments triggered.


But yesterday, he appeared to tone down his view. He said if owners continued to show the programmes they could be executed in the due process of law.
There, isn't that better and quite toned down? **snerk**

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posted by Always On Watch @ 9/16/2008 07:30:00 AM