CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS: Now that Amazon has submitted to the anti-First Amendment demands of notorious Hamas-linked CAIR that the online retailer stop selling doormats and bathmats with Arabic writing on them, you can now cash in on this lucrative market.
“Amazon removes ‘offensive’ products containing Islamic text,” by Lisa Fickenscher, New York Post, January 4, 2019:
Doormats featuring verses from the Quran were promptly removed from Amazon on Friday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations complained to Amazon on Thursday about more than a dozen bathroom and outdoor mats, which carried verses and the word Allah in Islamic calligraphy.
“CAIR received complaints about the items, which are offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses would be stepped on or otherwise disrespected by customers,” the advocacy group said in a statement.
A spokesman for CAIR, Ibrahim Hooper, said the retailer assured him that the links to those products had been removed and that Amazon was conducting an audit of its site….
In 2016, door and dog mats featuring the Arabic word Allah were being sold in the United Kingdom, angering Muslim customers and elected officials there. Nike also ran afoul of the Muslim community when it introduced basketball shoes in 1997 bearing a logo that resembled the Arabic word for Allah.
At the time, CAIR threatened to boycott Nike, which eventually apologized and called back more than 38,000 pairs of shoes, according to reports.
As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch so aptly puts it: The Amazon listing for this doormat is indeed gone, but you can still see it cached here. Clearly this product was not intended to be offensive; it wasn’t the creation of some “Islamophobes” trying to show their contempt for the Qur’an. It was marketed as “Holy Quran Door Mat Floor Mat Rug Indoor/Outdoor/Front Door/Bathroom Mats.”
Yes, “Holy.” And the image of this doormat makes it clear that this was presented as an affirmation of Islam, not an insult to it. But Hamas-linked CAIR said that it “received complaints about the items, which are offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses would be stepped on or otherwise disrespected by customers.”
And it’s true: in Islamic cultures, to show someone the bottom of one’s shoes or to walk on something is considered a supreme insult. There is a very different sensibility in the West; for example, Amazon is still selling doormats featuring Bible verses, and as far as I know no Jews or Christians are complaining.
The worst part of this, however, is that Amazon readily complied with Hamas-linked CAIR’s demand. There is nothing intrinsically offensive about this doormat: it doesn’t feature any insult to Islam, or the Qur’an, or Muhammad. But Hamas-linked CAIR claims it’s offensive, and that’s that.
Even if it were intended to be disrespectful to Islam, Amazon should have remembered the freedom of speech and kept it on sale. After all, Amazon sells numerous products that are offensive to Christians; see, for example, here and here and here, and it doubtful that they would remove them from sale if Christian groups complained; nor should they do so. We live in a free society and don’t have blasphemy laws.
At least not yet. But now a precedent has been set: if Hamas-linked CAIR thinks something is “offensive” to Muslims, Amazon will remove it. How long will it be before Hamas-linked CAIR starts demanding that books that criticize jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays and others also be dropped by Amazon?
But you can still buy Islamic State (ISIS) black flags and shirts on Amazon:
Islamopandering retail giant, Walmart, was also quick to cave to pressure from anti-First Amendment Muslim groups like CAIR to remove their Arab/Muslim/terrorist themed Halloween costumes.
Independent Muslims were especially offended by Walmart’s “Israeli soldier for kids” and “Sheikh Fagin nose” and removed the items from the company’s website and from store shelves just hours after the American-Arab Anti-Discriminatory Committee called on Walmart and other retailers to remove the products as well as others deemed anti-Arab.
The Israeli soldier for kids costume, including a shirt, trousers, belt and hat, carries Hebrew writing and appears to resemble uniforms worn by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) paratroopers and elite units. A photo showed a young boy wearing it and posing with a toy gun, while pointing at the camera. It was being sold with the description: “When Halloween time rolls around, make this item part of your child’s complete ensemble.”
A description of the costume on another website, Wholesale Halloween Costumes, read: “Defend your Jewish heritage proudly by wearing the Israeli Soldier Boy’s Costume! The Israeli Defense Forces have a mission to protect the land and the people of Israel from outside threats with low casualties, and to avoid waging war if at all possible.”
Last year, Walmart withdrew a costume labelled “Pashtun Papa” after social media users branded it “racist” and “offensive” “Represent the Middle East,” the description read. “Nothing is sacred this Halloween. Shock your friends with this Islamic costume.”
The chain was additionally being criticised for an accessory by Morris Costumes being sold on its website under the title: “Sheik Fagin Nose (sic)”. “Latex prosthetic nose perfect for an Arab Sheik,” reads the description of the item, which is also sold by several other outlets.
In 2013, it was also one of several retailers to remove an Osama bin Laden-themed costume. The turban and beard instant costume, which is shown on a man wearing a camouflage coat, looks like Osama bin Laden. The coat is similar to one bin Laden was shown wearing during an interview.
Full “Arab Sheikh” and “Arab Knight” costumes are also available on Walmart’s website. It is not the first time the supermarket’s Halloween outfits have provoked outrage.
The costume, which is advertised on the Fun World Costumes website, as the “Turban & Beard Instant Costume”, was designed to make the person wearing it look like the former al-Qai’da leader who was killed in May 2011.
I think we should all complain complain about the scary-looking Muslim clerks in costumes who work at Walmart: