Mars, said Bernie Taupin, ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids; what’s more, it’s cold as hell. But if this bothers the Rocket Man, it positively repels official Islam:
A Fatwa has been issued against living on Mars by clerics who say that trying to set up home there would be un-Islamic.
The fatwa or ruling was issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the UAE after the Mars One organisation announced that it would try and establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
The committee argued that an attempt to dwell on the planet would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam.
Unless, presumably, one self-identifies as a heretic.
I suspect, though, that this declaration is a tad less portentous than advertised:
The GAIAE has issued around two million Fatwas through its Official Fatwa Centre since its inception in 2008.
This is a fatwa every 90 seconds. And you thought official Washington had its thumbs in too many places.
(Via Francis W. Porretto.)