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all of this is embarassing and shameful

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Submitted by rabab (United States), May 13, 2008 at 17:26

This whole issue with finding random logos offensive is really stupid and I find it all rather paltry to worry about this like this when there are obviously greater things to worry about... But it's especially the comments that I've read here that make me feel ashamed of my fellow Muslims...

what's most shameful to me is that most of the comments made by my fellow Muslims are the ones that are narrow-minded, prejudiced, ignorant and judgmental!!! There have been comments made by other people that are quite equally prejudiced and ignorant, and generalizes all Muslims into stereotypes, but by far, there are more Muslims who commented like that. That makes me wonder, how did things like Nike's logo become such a massive issue when obviously there are greater misunderstandings and miscommunication between different people and religion?

I see some Muslim people going on and on about "Allah is the One and you non-believers will pay on the Day of Judgment" and stuff like that... I find that repulsive. If you are a Muslim, and you truly follow your faith and what the Prophet Muhammad has said, you would know better than to say things like that. You would know not to judge other people based on what they believe, and you wouldn't slap them in the face with your words of "I'm better than you." It's wrong, and Muslims should be ashamed of this type of behavior.

And also, if you really followed the religion, you would know that respecting another person's religion, culture or rights does not have anything to do with printing logos that might or might not look like something religious. Respect for religion or people does not start there; it starts in your mind and in your heart and IN YOUR SOCIETY. It starts with understanding that people have different perspectives, different beliefs, and that we as a whole need to become more tolerant - including becoming more tolerant of those who choose to express themselves in different ways, whether it be art or humor. It's true that we Muslims keep finding fault or being offended at every damn thing. It's really not always about us or our religion, so why get all worked up over every little thing that resembles anything in our religion?

If you're familiar with cartoons/shows like South Park, you'll see that they're forever poking fun at Jesus, Christianity, Jews, at everything under the sun! Why is it that we (Muslims) are the ones who always gets angry and offended at these things? You don't see the rest of them raising an uproar about it.... It's simply a matter of perspective and tolerance.

There's no reason to fight the world for every little thing... there are far too many hungry people in this world to be worried about this type of ridiculousness.

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