Saudi Arabians Demand The ‘Strongest Possible Punishment’ For McDonald’s After Finding Toy That ‘Insults Muhammad’
I’m surprised they didn’t complain about the the funny-looking “X” symbol on the Power Ranger’s face. Yet. …
By Raymond Ibrahim – “Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald’s toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad. According to a report appearing today (5/27/12) on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald’s fast food restaurant ‘abused the Prophet Muhammad by placing his name at the base of a toy that is being distributed as part of the Happy Meal, a toy which steps on the name ‘Muhammad.”
The toy consists of a blue superhero figurine (apparently a Power Ranger Samurai). It stands on one leg, and, when the lever is pressed, it pounds on the base with the other leg. According to the Saudis, the designs that appear all around the base, where the figurine stomps its foot, is really the name ‘Muhammad’ written several times in circles (click here for pictures).
The toy had been distributed a few days before Saudi children and their parents began to take note of the name. Soon thereafter, Saudi Muslims launched several campaigns against McDonald’s in ‘response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet,’ under banners like ‘Help your Prophet!’ and ‘Together in support of the Prophet.’
Saudis, ‘demanding the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant’ and insisting that ‘they will not be silent until this is realized,’ further complained how such an obvious insult could pass the supervision of the management at McDonald’s.
In response, ‘Saudi McDonald’s’ has withdrawn the toy from all its restaurants, ‘in order to safeguard against any accusations or misunderstandings.’” Read more.
Russia Today – “A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal. Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air.
Sergey Aslanyan, 46, was brought to Moscow’s hospital with numerous non-penetrating knife wounds to the chest, neck and arm.
According to the police report, on late Monday evening an unknown man called to Aslanyan’s flat over the building intercom and called him outside for a talk. When the journalist stepped out of the entranceway he was knocked over the head with a heavy object, after which the assailant brought the knife into play.
Aslanyan claimed that the attacker was shouting ‘you are Allah’s enemy!’ while slashing at the victim.
Police say the abuser was a slim man of about 30, while according to some witnesses there were several attackers.
As of now the journalist is conscious and his condition is stable. His relatives and friends are free to visit him in his flat, which is guarded by police. Investigators say they do not have a primary lead, but hope to identify the perpetrator using porch surveillance camera data.
Still, Izvestia newspaper made a guess that the attack could be linked to recent statements made by the journalist in a radio show. While discussing religion in general he made some “from zero to hero” remarks towards the Prophet Mohammed.
‘The Prophet Mohammed, as we know, was not a religious figure. He was a businessman, but after getting considerable financial support built plans as to how to get to the top,’ Aslanyan disclosed. He also said that the Prophet ‘rewrote the Bible’ so that ‘now everyone would know the Prophet Mohammed was not a market shopkeeper, but an outstanding political figure.’
According to Aslanyan, the idea of Islam was a ‘business project from the very beginning,’ and turned out to be successful due to ‘handsome financing.’ Besides that, the journalist, who was an external expert at this radio show, speculated that the Prophet had some sort of sexual disorder.
Reportedly, the journalist later apologized on air for the harsh statements he had made, but that did not change public opinion much.
Such statements could not but stir the Muslim community. There was a widespread angry reaction on the Islamic internet forums.” Read more.
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Egypt: ‘Protesters’ Set Fire To Islamist Opponent Candidate’s Office As Islamists Blame Christians For Voting Against Muslim Brotherhood
By Richard Spencer, The Telegraph – “The flames at Ahmed Shafiq’s offices are believed to have been started by the same young revolutionaries who overthrew Mr Mubarak and who have warned that they would not accept any of his former henchman as their president.
Mr Shafiq, a former air force general, essentially took day-to-day control of the Egyptian government last year as anti-Mubarak crowds gathered in Tahrir Square.
No one was was reported hurt after the demonstrators vandalised the Cairo offices and set them on fire.
‘There will be violence if Shafiq wins,’ Mohammed al-Daramali, of a group calling itself The Coalition to Rescue the Revolution, said at the weekend.
‘Shafiq’s place is prison, not the presidential chair.’
Mr Shafiq has said he will honour the revolution, but has refused to distance himself from his previous description of Mr Mubarak as his ‘role model’.
The army is braced for protests after the vote on June 16-17 and there is a high likelihood of trouble in the run-up. On Saturday, a verdict is due in Mr Mubarak’s trial on charges of murder and corruption, with anger likely to meet anything less than a heavy sentence.
In the final tally announced yesterday, Mohammed Mursi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood front party, the Freedom and Justice Party, won 24.8 per cent of the votes, slightly ahead of Mr Shafiq with 23.7 per cent.” Read more.
Islamists in Egypt Blame Christians for Voting Against Muslim Brotherhood Candidate – “The official results of the first round of the Egyptian presidential elections were announced today, the run-off will be between Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, and Air Marshal Ahmad Shafik, Mubarak’s last PM, who served for less than one month during the revolution and before Mubarak was ousted. This results, which were expected since Friday, has enraged many Egyptians who feel that they are left with two options, each worst than the other, namely either going back to the Mubarak regime represented by Shafik or the Islamists who will drag Egypt into being another Afghanistan or Iran. Nasserist candidate Hamdeed Sabahy, favored by a great number of youth — especially those who participated in the 25 January Revolution, came in third. Many Islamists, fearing Shafik if he comes to power, especially after vowing to bring back order and security within one month of his election, are blaming Copts for voting for Shafik and bringing him to second place. Copts have been accused of being ‘traitors’ and ‘anti-revolutionary’ for voting to bring back the old regime.” Read more.
Associated Press – “MIRANDOLA, Italy – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people as factories, warehouses and a church collapsed in the same region still struggling to recover from another deadly tremor nine days ago.
In a hastily called news conference, Premier Mario Monti pledged the government will do `’all that it must and all that is possible in the briefest period to guarantee the resumption of normal life in this area that is so special, so important and so productive for Italy.”
The region around Bologna is among the country’s most productive. Italy is in the midst of another recession and struggling to tame its massive debt as the European debt crisis worsens.
The quake hit just after 9:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) and was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the city of Bologna, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — the same area where a 6.0-magnitude temblor killed seven people on May 20.
The quake was felt from Piedmont in northwestern Italy to Venice in the northeast and as far north as Austria. It was followed by many aftershocks, some registering more than 5.0 in magnitude.” Read more.