Cuckoo Cleric, Wacky Fatwa

Everyone loves to laugh at the antics of the out-of-touch religious men who make silly pronouncements based on their confusing and ambiguous, semi-ancient texts. Here’s a new one for you.

A little background on our man of religion. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from a real school, topped off with a graduate degree from one of the sectarian religious schools (departments include Spiritual Formation & Leadership and Theological Studies) that abound in his native country. He was once the official cleric of his provincial governmental body, because in his country religion and politics too often go hand in hand.

He’s part of a religious organization that claims over two million online supporters, and which owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations.

So what’s his funny juridical decree? That God is showing us his wrath because we don’t kill his creatures when we ought to.

God said a curse would fall on a land which turned its back on him, and one consequence would be more tragic deaths at the hands of predatory animals. The truly sad thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves.

History reveals that God’s covenant with an ancient nation suggests that one of the consequences for a nation which walks in his statues is that it will have nothing to fear from wild animals. “If you walk in my statutes…I will remove harmful beasts from the land”

On the other hand, “[I]f you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments…I will let loose the wild beasts against you”

Because this animal was given a nap instead of a bullet, a human being is dead, and a savage animal is alive, on the prowl, and ready to kill again.

The fatwa was prompted by this story.

I found this at this site.

The exact same cleric was already spouting the same line back in February, after the killer whale Tillikum killed his trainer. This is what he said then:

Says the ancient civil code of Israel, “When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable.” (Exodus 21:28)

So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn’t know the animal was going to go postal on somebody.

But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, “the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:29)

If I were the family of Dawn Brancheau, I’d sue the pants off SeaWorld for allowing this killer whale to kill again after they were well aware of its violent history.

He has actually updated and edited his blog since that time, and now claims that he never meant that Tillikum’s owners should be put to death. Or that Tillikum should be stoned to death. Seems pretty clear, though. I mean, based on the words he used.


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