Islamic Scholars Criticize bin Laden’s Sea Burial

And then there’s this:

Muslim clerics said Monday that Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets.

Although there appears to be some room for debate over the burial — as with many issues within the faith — a wide range of senior Islamic scholars interpreted it as a humiliating disregard for the standard Muslim practice of placing the body in a grave with the head pointed toward the holy city of Mecca.

Sea burials can be allowed, they said, but only in special cases where the death occurred aboard a ship.

Bin Laden’s burial at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs,” said Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning.

So what? I’ll start paying attention to what these “scholars” have to say when that clearly and unambiguously denounce all terrorism. That means no buts  as in, “We are against terrorism but not when it is used against Jews occupying Palestine”, or ‘we are against terrorism but it is all right to murder people if a Koran is burned somewhere, anywhere is the world.

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