What’s the big deal? Christian clerics call for the assassination of political leaders whom they think are acting “counter to Christianity” all the time, now, don’t they? Don’t they? “Saudi mufti: Clerics should unite in fatwa on Assad,” by Ariel Ben Solomon in the Jerusalem Post, March 14 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Saudi religious leader Sheikh Ayed al-Qarni called this week for all Muslim scholars to issue a joint fatwa (religious ruling) against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government, the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV channel reported.
Al-Qarni told the pan-Arab news channel that the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia and Al-Azhar University in Egypt should condemn the Syrian regime, and even said that assassinating Assad would be justified.
The sheikh said that the Syrian regime, in attacking civilians, was acting counter to Islam. He said he had spoken to refugees from Syria in Jordan, who had told him about the atrocities. In addition, he continued, the Syrian army had forced people to bow down to a picture of Assad.
“That is why all Syrians have to fight this regime. The Syrian youth should take up arms against the regime,” he told Al-Arabiya.
QarniÂ¹s remarks followed a Sunday ruling by the leading Sunni Muslim body in Syria, which called for Syrians to join the army.
The Dar al-Ifta council Â led by Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who lost his son in a rebel attack in October 2011 Â stated that members of the Syrian army should “raise up the words of God in our beloved country” in their “defense and jihad for Syria.”…
Jihad for Syria? Hit the gym, fellas!