A group of Islamic clergy in Saudi Arabia has condemned the letter "X” because of its similarity to a hated banned symbol – the cross.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which has the ultimate say in all legal, civil and governance matters in the kingdom, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against the "X.” It came in response to a Ministry of Trade query about whether a Saudi businessman could be granted trademark protection for a new service with the English name "Explorer.”
The request from the businessman, Amru Mohammad Faisal, was turned down.
"Experts who examined the English word ‘explorer’ were struck by how suspicious that ‘X’ appeared,” Youssef Ibrahim writes in the New York Sun.
"In a kingdom where Friday preachers routinely refer to Christians as pigs and infidel crusaders, even a twisted cross ranks as an abomination.”
Lest we be tempted merely to laugh this off as typical Islamic obscurantism, remember that much of the Islamic world turns to this group of clerics for inspiration.
The good folk at St. Francis Xavier University, for example, might want to keep a closer eye on this professor during the X ring ceremony.
Exxon might want to watch its refineries in Saudi Arabia too.
Ditto for U.S. Steel everywhere.
No doubt dhimmified liberals will suggest taking X out of the alphabet so as not to cause offence, even if it ruins their beloved seksual freedom.
The jihad against the evil X begins!