Saudi Cleric Condemns Snowmen as Anti-Islamic

A lot of people are accusing the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo of being assholes for not respecting people’s religious beliefs. But let’s be honest, some of these beliefs are just impossible not to mock:

DUBAI (Reuters) – A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.

Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”

Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

(via Boing Boing)