Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Christians have Pat Robertson, Ken Hamm and Fred Phelps.  Muslims have this guy: Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid.

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

In response to the fact that they have snow on the ground in parts of Saudi Arabia now, which is really weird as we don’t have any snow on the ground in Prague, and that seems like proof positive to me that the global climate is going wacko and something needs to be done about it, the Imam M.S. a-M felt compelled to remind his people that the building of snowmen is a sin and forbidden by Islam.

Right up there  with drinking alcohol, eating pork or, if you’re a woman, letting anybody see what you look like.  Of course this has led to severe mockery, even among Muslims, but the weird thing is, it’s consistent with the religion.  They aren’t allowed to make images of ‘anything that has a soul.’  So, no paintings or sculptures of people or even animals.  It’s a weird prohibition, for sure, but if you look around the Islamic world, you’ll see it’s observed.

Christian churches have images all over the place.  Jesus on the cross right up there over the altar where everybody can see it, and plenty of statues and paintings of Mary and other sainted figures.  Buddhists have massive Buddhas, covered in gold.  But mosques have no such thing.  You’ll see plenty of intricate, colorful patterns but that’s about it.

It is, like so much  other stuff, against their religion.  Snowmen.  Seriously.  It seems that Islam is as anti-art as Christianity is anti-science.

The way I see it is this:  Any  religion which tells you what you can and can’t eat, whether or not you can  drink alcohol, what you should wear, and whether or not you should  work on Saturday, is a bogus religion.  These rules were not written by God.

Not that I even believe in God but if there were such a being, I can’t imagine he/she would  really  care what people eat, what people wear, which day of the week they choose to take off, or whether or not they choose to make a snowman.

None of that has anything to do with whether or not you are a good person.  And that is all that really matters.


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