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February 18, 2010

A 7th century space program

President Barack Hussein Obama, who is not a Muslim obviously, has ordered NASA to work with "dominantly Muslim countries".

Houston, we could have a problem.

Take the views of Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz, former supreme religious authority of Saudi Arabia, for example.

"The earth is flat. Whoever claims it is round is an atheist deserving of punishment."

Islamic casuistry attempts to confuse the Koran's Flat Earth cosmology, surely a no-no when the Koran is meant to be quite literally le dernier cri should it choose to pronounce on a subject.

Lest anyone imagine Ibn Baaz was misquoted, or was just a prominent moron, Iraqi television suggests this is a live subject of debate in those parts of the world Obama wants to help reach space.

Not to worry, they will have to hitch a ride on a Russian, Chinese or Indian rocket to get there.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 18, 2010 08:27 AM


Since NASA's giving up manned spaceflight, they may as well do something with the leftover funding. Print the Quran in Klingon, maybe; seems like a good fit.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2010 11:09 AM

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