BLAST FROM THE PAST: The fast-food chain, Burger King, is withdrawing its swirly ice-cream cones after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim.
Scotsman (h/t @michellemalkin) The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a “jihad”.
The chain is being forced to spend thousands of pounds redesigning the lid with backing from The Muslim Council of Britain. It apologised and said: “The design simply represents a spinning ice-cream cone.”
The offending lid was spotted in a branch in Park Royal last week by business development manager Rashad Akhtar, 27, of High Wycombe. He was not satisfied by the decision to withdraw the cones and has called on Muslims to boycott Burger King. He said: “This is my jihad. How can you say it is a spinning swirl? If you spin it one way to the right you are offending Muslims.”
A Muslim Council spokesman said: “We commend the sensitive and prompt action that Burger King has taken.”
AND CAN WE EVER FORGET THIS? “Just dump it!” Nike recalls shoe considered 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. but 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.”