Saturday, September 09, 2006
The list of Islamic no-no's gets longer every day. Today's addition, in Saudi Arabia: cat and dog purchases.
"One bad habit spreading among our youths is the acquisition of dogs and showing them off in the streets and malls," wrote Aleetha al-Jihani in a letter to Al-Madina newspaper. "There's no doubt that such a matter makes one shudder."'Ya think?
"Then what's the point of dragging a dog behind you?" he added. "This is blind emulation of the infidels."
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The ban distressed cat and dog lovers. Some have wondered why the religious police are focusing on this issue when the country has far more important challenges, such as terrorism and unemployment.