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TSA Fatwa Watch


A month ago, I wrote apropos the new full-body scanners:

By the way, if you think Gitmo is a “recruiting tool” for jihad, what do you think thousands of infidel men peering at what Islamobabes look like under their burkas is likely to be? Right now, an enraged imam boarding at Newark with his four wives is the best shot at stopping this nonsense.

Now the imams have spoken:

Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslim-American groups are supporting a “fatwa” — a religious ruling — that forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports.

The Fiqh Council of North America — a body of Islamic scholars that includes some from Michigan — issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners would violate Islamic rules on modesty.

“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” reads the fatwa issued Tuesday. “Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.”

The decision could complicate efforts to intensify screening of potential terrorists who are Muslim.

Oh, surely not. The obvious solution would be for Muslims to bypass the full-body scanner and go straight through the express check-in, while crack TSA operatives while away the day photographing the private parts of eight-year old girls. This seems the logical end point of airport security. I know I feel safer already.