March 11, 2014

A busy time for Islam

The Al-Azhar institute in Cairo has issued a fatwa against the the film Noah, which stars ('our') Russell Crowe (let me guess:  he plays Noah, right?).

Crowe's acting isn't the reason for the fatwa. 

Apparently Noah (and his flood and his ark and the whole two by two animal thing) "contradicts the teachings of Islam".

 Without even trying, I can think of a few thousand films that 'contradict the teachings of Islam'. 

Now that the bar has been set so low, it could be an extremely busy fatwa-issuing year. 

Take a number.


  1. Crowe is lucky the fatwa is only on the film. Usually they make these things personal. He would then have to live out the rest of his life under constant threat. Like Rushdie.

  2. No, that's not luck, as that would suggest Crowe shouldn't have accepted the role of Noah.

    He will have to be the rest of his life under constant threat from critics.

  3. Anonymous8:31 PM

    I'll take my fatwa with a pinch of salt thanks.


  4. I'll bring over the pepper grinder, but only if you're good.

  5. Anonymous10:51 PM

    Sounds great, and I promise to (try and) be good - whatever good means.