Skip to comments.Saudi cleric says 'depraved' TV moguls may be killed
Posted on 09/13/2008 6:45:48 AM PDT by a_Turk
DUBAI, Sept 12, 2008 (AFP) - A senior Saudi cleric has issued a religious decree saying the owners of television networks broacasting "depravation and debauchery" may be killed, Al-Arabiya television reported on Friday.
"The owners of these channels propagate depravation and debauchery," said Saleh al-Luhaidan, chief justice of the supreme judicial council, the highest judicial authority in the ultra-conservative Saudi kingdom.
He made the remarks on radio in response to a caller who asked him to give an opinion on what he said were "immoral" programmes on Arab television during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a source at Al-Arabiya said.
"It is lawful to kill ... the apostles of depravation... if their evil cannot be easily removed through simple sanctions," Luhaidan said, according to excerpt of the remarks broadcast on the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya.
The situation is "serious ... the degradation of morals is a form of perversion on earth," he added.
During Ramadan, when Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk, Arab satellite televisions broadcast lavish productions, including soap operas and mini-series, some with historical and religious themes, as well as game shows.
A popular soap that was broadcast by Al-Arabiya for several weeks preceeding Ramadan already stirred passions in Saudi Arabia, where the grand mufti branded it "subversive" and "anti-Islamic."
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, earlier this year issued a fatwa against "Noor" and decreed that any channel broadcasting the series is "an enemy of God and his Prophet."
The Turkish-made soap opera dubbed into Arabic tells the story of Mohannad and his equally stunning wife Noor as they wrestle to reconcile the conflicting pressures of traditional and modern worlds.
Al-Arabiya is a news channel based in Dubai and part of the Saudi group MBC.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
You just gotta love that whacky religion of peace huh!
I must admit I feel some small degree of sympathy with this position when I see the filth that passes for entertainment.
Liberal media included?
Not that I want to make a suggestion or anything.
That wouldn’t be right.
Start with CNN, work their way around.
Hollywood and New York better step up media mogul security.
The fact that people of other countries judge us based on our TV and movies has made me sick for a long time. They can't possibly think highly of us from it.
I think it would be easier to make a list of who you aren’t supposed to kill if you are a muslim.
What we need is the ability to respond with a hit contract against any cleric that issues one of these.
AND . . . A True American has issued a religious decree saying that a certain senior Saudi cleric may be killed. (There fixed it)
Are beheadings and killing your daughters part of that serious degradation?
No, it wouldn’t be right. I don’t think it would, would it? LOL
Ted Turner, Leslie Moonves (CBS), Jeff Zucker (NBC), Stephen McPherson (ABC), Judy McGrath (MTV), Jonathan Klein (CNN), Dan Abrams (MSNBC).
Depravity + degradation?
I agree 100%.
If all I knew of America was its TV and movies, I’d despise us myself.
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