Everybody and his brother and sister seems to have ideas about how the economic crisis should be solved. Would you believe, religion has been proposed as the solution? We have this from one of the world’s foremost religious authorities:

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader appeared in a new video posted Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial meltdown, which he said was a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks and militant strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ayman al-Zawahri, whose 80-minute recording touched on a number of subjects, also lashed out at Afghanistan’s government and said any U.S. gains in Iraq will be temporary. …

Appearing in a white turban and robe, Zawahri discussed the roots of the U.S. economic crisis. He said it was a repercussion of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, and that the crisis would continue “as long as the foolish American policy of wading in Muslim blood continues.” …

“The modern economy has been destroyed by the strikes of the mujahedeen (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and usury,” he said, using the Arabic term for holy warriors.

Under Islamic Sharia law, usury, like drinking alcohol, is among the grand sins.

Zawahri then called on the American people to “embrace Islam to live a life free of greed, exploitation and forbidden wealth.”

Funny how al-Qaeda’s number 2 is condemning wealth, his boss, Osama bin-Laden, is the son of a Saudi billionaire and a member of one of the wealthiest families in the world.

Then again, religious folk love hypocrisy (even though they condemn it, and are sometimes enjoined never to engage in it), so this ought not be a big surprise.

About the only response I can think of to al-Zawahri’s drivel is, “Bite me, Ayman.”

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