Thursday, April 01, 2004

Mutilation bad, murder ... well, OK

I thought that the right-wing bloggers might have made this one up, but it's true. The Council on American Islamic Relations, a self-described civil-rights organization, issued a press release condemning the mutilation of the bodies of the four American civilians killed in Falujah, Iraq, on Wednesday, 31 March.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group cited a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad that prohibits mutilating bodies (Hadith 654.3).

Not the murders, mind you. Evidently the killing was Islamic. But mutilating corpses and hanging them from a bridge over the Euphrates River is un-Islamic.


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