Weird Fatwa – Really Strange!

First off for those of you that don’t know what a fatwa is:

A fatwa is an Islamic religious ruling, a scholarly opinion on a matter of Islamic law.   A fatwa is issued by a recognized religious authority in Islam.

The Fatwa: Ezzat Attiya: Adult Breastfeeding in the Workplace

In May 2007, Ezzat Attiya wondered how unrelated men and women could work together in the same office, when Islam forbids men and women who aren’t married or related to be alone together. His answer: let her suckle him FIVE TIMES. Yes, that’s right, an adult female breastfeeding an adult male coworker will defuse all sexual tension in the office. See, the female worker will now be the male worker’s foster mother, and they can be alone together anytime. Attiya’s ruling was intergalactically mocked, and quickly condemned on the homefront as well. He was later suspended from his job, pilloried in Arab newspapers, and issued a hasty retraction saying it was a “bad interpretation of a particular case.”

Source: “A Fatwa Free-for-All In the Islamic World”, New York Times, Michael Slackman, Monday, June 11, 2007.

The Fatwa: Infidel Vaccine

Polio is actually increasing in India, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Why? Because an anti-polio fatwa by anti-Western clerics forbid Pakistani children from immunizations, because the clerics are saying the vaccine is a conspiracy to make Muslims sterile.

Source: “POLIO ERADICATION: Looking for a Little Luck”, Roberts Science 6 February 2009

Weird News Headlines of the Week

– A smoker who died after battling emphysema has had his dying wish granted with the placement of a “Smoking killed me” sign on his hearse and his grave.  Great idea!

– A newlywed couple spent their wedding night in separate jail cells after police said the bride tried to run over an old flame of the groom. Now there is a marriage that will last!

– Denis Danny Roberge, a 19-year-old young man will spend the next 60 days in jail after stealing a beer from a convenience store in Quebec. He stole the $3.37 beer to celebrate having just gotten out of jail.  Ummmm, what an idiot!

– And from my home city – Toronto, A driver banned from the road after a drunk driving conviction was nabbed for allegedly speeding on his way to serve his weekend jail sentence.