First they came for the Buddhas...
Remember what the Taliban did to the Buddhas of Bamiyan? Well, thanks to a fatwa against statues issued by Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, the antiquities of Egypt could be next:
A fatwa issued by Egypt's top religious authority which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt's historical heritage…And Ken Livingstone’s mate Yussef al-Qaradawi agrees:
…many fear the edict could prod Islamic fundamentalists to attack Egypt's thousands of ancient and pharaonic statues on show at tourist sites across the country.
"We don't rule out that someone will enter the Karnak temple in Luxor or any other pharaonic temple and blow it up on the basis of the fatwa," Gamal al-Ghitani, editor of the literary Akhbar al-Adab magazine, said.
Qaradawi joined Gomaa in declaring that statues used for decoration are "haram" or un-Islamic.I'm still waiting for the short list of stuff that's not offensive.
"Islam proscribed statues, as long as they symbolise living entities such as human beings and animals," Qaradawi said on an Islamic website.