Sunday, April 09, 2006

Say good-bye to Karnak

Last week the grand mufti in Egypt issued a fatwa declaring the exhibition of statues in homes as unislamic. This edict has art lovers and historians rushing for clarity in an attempt to prevent the destruction of millennia old statues by crazy jihadis. Now this fatwa trumps an edict issued more than 100 years ago that permitted the private display of statues after the practice had been condemned as a pagan custom. The grand mufti did not include the many temples and statues that litter the Egyptian landscape, but, the mind of a over zealous jihadi is dangerously unpredictable. Moderates in the country say this fatwa could throw islam back into the dark ages. If they want to move islam out of the dark ages, issue a fatwa condemning female genital mutilation.

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