Thursday, July 03, 2008

Offending Muslims with a Puppy

I have a fondness for puppies. "Puppy" is part of my blog name. Puppies are adorable, and it's hard to go wrong when you align yourself with puppies. But that's no longer the case.

The Daily Mail (UK) reported Tuesday that Muslims in Scotland are outraged by this puppy:

A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: 'My concern was that it's not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.

'It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.

'They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they'd seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn't have done it.'

I understand that the unclean-to-Muslims part of a dog is its saliva, and I find dog drool offensive as well. But a photo of a puppy has no drool, and the puppy in the photo is not drooling, so really!

If the police department gives in on this, they'll have officially become dhimmis. Stand firm, Tayside Police! Keep Rebel on the postcards!

1 comment:

Tsofah said...

Very much agreed! The police department should not give in on this one!