Fatwas for Sale?
The Muslim world has erupted in religious indignation over everything from cartoons of the prophet to the pope's comments last week. But in India, which boasts the world's third largest Muslim population, that indignation can be bought for a small fee.
An Indian TV network broadcast a sting operation against several prominent Muslim clerics who were shown demanding bribes to issue religious decrees, or fatwas. Among them? Bans on the use of credit cards, sleeping in double beds, using cell phones with cameras, acting in films, donating organs, or teaching English to Muslim children. Time magazine reports one cleric even issued a fatwa against watching TV while another issued a fatwa in support of watching TV.