Thursday, August 26, 2010
As if you need another reason to despise radical Islam comes this pip from Iran.
Iranian authorities are cracking down, but this time their target isn’t gay people or political dissidents or drug traffickers. It’s dogs. Or more precisely, dog owners.
This week, Ayatollah Nasser Makkarem Shirazi, a powerful cleric, issued a fatwa that was later passed into law banning any advertisements about pets or alluding to the buying, selling or keeping of pets.
Isn’t Islam great?
In June Shirazi issued the fatwa against keeping dogs as pets, although that ruling was not made into law. At the time, Shirazi slammed dog owners for “blindly imitating the West,” which, he said, would result in “evil outcomes.”
The fatwa cites Islamic tradition, which says dogs are unclean based on testimonies from the followers of the prophet Mohammad known as hadith.
Dog ownership is popular among middle class Iranians, especially among well-to-do urban families. Although pet dogs are not technically illegal, walking a dog in a public place like a park can earn the owner a hefty fine.
Add dog ownership to the growing list of examples why radical Islam is not like other religions and will never have a place in American society.
Is this the sort of garbage Imam Rauf and his followers will be teaching in Park51 in lower Manhattan if it is allowed to be built against the wishes of 2/3rds of New York City residents?
I am hereby issuing a fatwa on this blog against radical Islam.