An extremely exciting, if perhaps somewhat extraneous, exposition from those experts who excoriate us for our immorality, that is, our uxorious and exigent exercise of the letter X. From NewsMax (if you’ll pardon the expression), with thanks to War On Hate:
A group of Islamic clergy in Saudi Arabia has condemned the letter “X” because of its similarity to a hated banned symbol — the cross.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which has the ultimate say in all legal, civil and governance matters in the kingdom, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against the “X.” It came in response to a Ministry of Trade query about whether a Saudi businessman could be granted trademark protection for a new service with the English name “Explorer.”
The request from the businessman, Amru Mohammad Faisal, was turned down.
“Experts who examined the English word “˜explorer” were struck by how suspicious that “˜X” appeared,” Youssef Ibrahim writes in the New York Sun.
“In a kingdom where Friday preachers routinely refer to Christians as pigs and infidel crusaders, even a twisted cross ranks as an abomination.”