Dearborn's mayor says it's ludicrous to say his Detroit suburb is under threat from the imposition of the Islamic religious code called Sharia, and creators of "The Simpsons" TV show have given the idea a humorous twist.
The Detroit Free Press reports Mayor Jack O'Reilly Jr. says claims about Sharia in Dearborn are fear-mongering.
In an episode last week, the Fox cartoon looks to a future in which a married Lisa Simpson helps husband Milhouse deal withseasonal allergies that make him allergic to Christmas-related objects.
Milhouse says he could visit "one of the non-Christmas celebrating states." Lisa says he "could go back to Michigan" because "it's still under Sharia law."
The show then shows Milhouse at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, wearing a body-covering women's dress known as niqab.