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To The Heavens, One Way Or Another

I know I dump on my fellow Christians for being goofy at times.  But there times when others leave us in the dust.

There has been talk of a Mars colony for a while now (wouldn't a moon colony better to start with?).  And, as it's never to early to prepare for this sort of thing, Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa against any Mars colonists.

Yes, you read that right.

Mars One is an organization determined to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025.  The General Authority of Islamic Affairs And Endowment (GAIAE), based in the UAE (surprise, right?) issued the fatwa, or "ruling," through their Official Fatwa Centre.  Yes, they have an entire beauracracy for issuing fatwas.  And they seem to be efficient -- they have issued around two million fatwas since the GAIAE was founded in 2008.  So I guess this was to be expected.

The reasoning for the fatwa goes something like this -- the whole mission to Mars is so risky, hazardous, and dangerous, that it is a suicide mission.  And killing yourself is not permitted by Islam.  "Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam. There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death."  The committee says people would be dying for no "righteous reason" and would thus be punished in the afterlife as a suicide.  Professor Dr. Farooq Hamada summed it up as, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful."

So, everyone who says Christianity is holding back science?  Here's some extra credit work for you.

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