Thursday, July 03, 2008
Puppy Ad Offends Muslims In Scotland
Puppy in ad offends Muslims. 23Dash:
A police force apologised today after complaints that an advert featuring a German shepherd puppy could be offensive to members of the local Muslim community.
Tayside Police used a picture of 29-week-old black puppy Rebel on postcards promoting the force's new non-emergency telephone number.
But the choice of the image, which shows Rebel sitting in a police officer's hat, was questioned by a Dundee councillor who said it would "not be welcomed" by some communities.
Mohammed Asif, a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, brought the issue up at a meeting yesterday after concerns were raised with him.
Dogs are considered impure or unclean in Islamic culture. Muslims may keep the animals as guard dogs but not usually as pets.
And Mr Asif said some shopkeepers would not display the postcard as a result.
"There isn't any Islamic basis for taking issue with a simple picture of a little puppy," Osama Saeed, chief executive of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation (SIF), told The Scotsman on Wednesday, July 2.
The controversy erupted on Monday, when Mohammed Asif, the Muslim councilor of Dundee city, expressed reservations over a postcard advertising the new non-emergency phone number of the police in the eastern coast region of Tayside.
"Dogs can be used to hunt or farm, or even as guide dogs for the blind," a member of Dundee-based Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies agreed.
"I would not say a picture of a dog is offensive, but people have different sensibilities and different limits."
"We did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards," a spokesman for the Police force said.
"That was an oversight and we apologize."
What makes this story interesting and unusual is that rarely are Muslims outraged over anything. They are the religion of peace and tolerance.
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And the world bends over, grabbing their ankles, doing whatever it takes to appease the radical Islamists. It's just insanity.
I am so tired of the PC horse shit!!! Let’s call these backward 7th century barbarians what they are shall we???
It’s a dog, a pig, a female… if you don’t like it go back to the fucking desert!!!!
It's a picture of a puppy. Why are people so stupid?
What animal would be okay... a vulture perhaps; or maybe a rat!
I'm just say'n.
It seems there is little tolerance for other cultures by the extremeist Muslims, yet the insist on being treated gently and sacredly without offering the same to others. This is not how civilized countries are run.
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