Apr 8 2009
Nike Recalls Shoe Offensive to Muslims
Sporting goods giant Nike is not often brought to amend its product decisions. But a campaign by American Muslims activists acting out of CAIR have gotten Nike to remove a shoe they deemed offensive to Muslims. The shoe in question, which has been sold under the names Air Bakin’, Air Melt, Air Grill and Air B-Que, contains a fire logo (emblem) that resembles the Arabic script for God (Allah). Resembles not is. Although CAIR recognizes that the shoe does not actually say Allah, close enough was enough for them to mount a protest.
CAIR executive director Nihad Awad stated why the shoes offend Muslim sensibility “Many . . . may not understand how offensive it is to have the name of God on a shoe,” said Nihad Awad, the Islamic council’s executive director. “The shoe gets dirty. It gets muddy. It gets sweaty. We believe this is disrespectful to the name of God.” MARCOVILLA
Muslim sensitivity issues are making fools out of Americans
Harper’s Magazine posted “I’m Hatin’ It,” an interview with Rashad Akhtar, “a twenty-seven-year-old British Muslim, who alleges that the graphic used on the lid of Burger King ice-cream cones resembles the Arabic spelling of ‘Allah.’“
I am going to try my best in life, so that these people do not operate in a single Muslim country again, so that we get an apology to every single Muslim on this planet in their language, in their country, on a national TV station: “Sorry. We, as an American company, are sorry. We didn’t mean to offend you.”
I feel humiliated. I want to humiliate the person who did this to an extent that he never works again. I’m going to make him see that it was the biggest mistake in his life. I want to meet the guy. I want to ask the guy, “What does this mean to you?” then never see his face again. Even though it means nothing to some people and may mean nothing to some Muslims in this country, this is my jihad. I’m not going to rest until I find the person who is responsible. I’m going to bring this country down.
H/T JIHAD WATCH
3 LITTLE PIGS Storybook is ‘offensive to Muslims’
A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency’s awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims.
The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that “the use of pigs raises cultural issues.”The book’s creative director, Anne Curtis, said the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was “like a slap in the face.”BBC
SONY delayed release of LITTLE BIG PLANET because the song, “Tapha Niang” from album Boulevard de l’Independance was deemed offensive to Muslims
The release of the game was pushed back after SONY instigated a worldwide recall of LittleBigPlanet after it was discovered by a PlayStation Community member that part of a song in the game included passages from the Qur’an and could be offensive to Muslims. Sony caved to the whims of a small group of religious fanatics, due to being afraid of being bombed, and announced that new versions of the game will be shipped to North America retailers.
The passages include:
1- In the 18th second: “كل نفس ذائقة الموت” (“kollo nafsin tha’iqatol mawt”, literally: ‘Every soul shall have the taste of death’).
2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: “كل من عليها فان” (“kollo man alaiha fan”, literally: ‘All that is on earth will perish’).
Islamic site finds APPLE store offensive to Muslims
A Middle East research organizationreports that Apple’s flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (between 58th and 59th) is offensive to Muslims. The report cites an Islamic Web site urging Muslims to spread the word in hope that “Muslims will be able to stop the project.”
The report by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a 501 (c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C., states that some Islamic Web sites take exception to Apple’s cube-shaped building design (pictured right) and that it “constitutes a blatant insult to Islam.“
The reason? They say the building resembles the Ka’ba in Mecca (pictured right) is called “Apple Mecca,” (by whom?), is open 24 hours a day like the Ka’ba, and “contains bars selling alcoholic beverages.” Ka’ba means cube. It is the first place Allah was worshiped. From the outside it does not look very exciting. It is made of concrete blocks. Inside it is decorated with texts from the Qu’ran. ZDNET
No more advertisements like this one in Luton, UK, because Muslims might see it.
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