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Ghazi, you are uninformed at best

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Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), Oct 13, 2006 at 12:52

Ghazi, Ghazi, Ghazi. Muslims have certainly killed Christians, and many times just for being Christians. And Jews too.Remember the Bosnian SS, organized by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the behest of his friend Adolf Hitler? And they're killing animists in the South of Sudan too. That you don't know any of this only testifies to how closed your culture is to self-reflection, self-criticism and how arrogantly it dismisses the experience, opinions, points of view and even the very existence of outsiders.

Secondly, that Britain won't allow Muslims into England is ridiculous and, despite your claims of Western paranoia, many British Muslims have openly declared their intention to take over Britain and turn it into an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law. Many attempts have been made successfully in this direction: the removal of the beloved and harmless little piglet sculptures because they gave Muslims offense, the changing of the swirl on the Burger King sundae (as outlined in this article) and also (the subject under discussion) the Nike logo: All these are attempts to ,make Western nations Sharia compliant. No Muslim terrorism in Britain? How about the tube bombings? How about the skyjacking plot just foiled?

Lastly, where does it say -- quote me book, chapter and verse -- for Christian and Jew to love and respect other religions? The prophets of Israel denounced in the strongest language the worshippers of Baal and others; they condemned their evil practises like child sacrifice (a favorite religious rite in the Disputed Territories where martyred saints are created not with the ring of a bell but the blast of a bomb). As for Christ, did he not condemn Scribes and Pharisees?

Lastly, no one "blatantly" (look up the word in a dictionary. for God's sake!) offended a religion: the Nike logo spells Air: A-I-R. The word has wings of fire. That's because it is a basketball shoe. In basketball you jump through -- right! -- you guessed it! -- AIR! They're trying to sell a basketball shoe. They're thinking about kids who want to fly through the air while playing basketball like Michael Jordan ("Air" Jordan was his nickname and the company's official spokesman) and see the shoe and the logo with the word "AIR" on soaring on its wings of fire and and say "Cool! Cool! I gotta have 'em! and I don't care what it costs!"

That is what Nike was thinking about when they designed their shoe and the logo with it. Believe it or not Ghazi, sometimes the world really doesn't revolve around you.

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