Thursday, January 26, 2012

Egypt: the "Heartbeat of America' now haram

Today's news seems to be more surreal than usual, and although I am not complaining it seems that Islam is getting more spun as the days wind on.  This article can be added to the others that show Islam as less than rational, and afraid of the most innocent items.

I guess we won't be seeing any Taliban Tahoe's in the near future.

From NowLebanon January 24 by Angie Nassar

Egyptian Sheikh: Driving a Chevy is Haram
   "And I think to myself, what a wonderful world..."
A Salafi sheikh in Egypt has reportedly issued a fatwa that buying [or driving] a Chevrolet vehicle is haram because the American brand’s logo looks like the Christian cross.

In the video below, prominent Egyptian TV presenter Amr Adeeb takes the sheikh’s joke-of-a-fatwa to task, saying, “We’ve reached a really strange place with this.”

“The car’s been around [for a century] and only now did you notice there’s a cross on the car?”
Adeeb also notes that the car is not used or presented as a form of religious iconography: “Do we hold mass for it? Do we pray for it?” And his guest chimes in with a comment about the self-centered nature of the fatwa itself: “As if the people who came up with the logo were thinking that we want to put this special logo on the car just to piss us [Muslims] off?”

The TV presenter concludes, “With all of the problems in Egypt, you’re concerned about the cross?... We’re calling for unity [in the country] and then you come up with [fatwas] like this?”

There is more, and a video as well

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