If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media, it’s that organized religion is stupid and pointless, if not actively harmful. Well, except if it’s Islam. In that case, any criticism or slight against it is clearly racist.
Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting a mosque.
The critics claim that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world’s most renowned mosques.
Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria group also accused the toy manufacturer of depicting Asians as having ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’…
The group has released a statement calling for an apology from Lego for its cultural insensitivity.
Well, let’s take a look. Here’s the Hagia Sophia:
Here’s the toy based on a popular movie series about aliens from outer space:
And there you have it. They both have a dome with a little pointy thing sticking up, and a nearby tower. Clearly this is nothing more or less than racism.
When a Christian is offended by blasphemy, actual or perceived, he’s told: “So don’t spend your money it, stupid. Get over yourself, you dumb redneck!”
When a Muslim is offended by blasphemy, actual or perceived, he’s told: “I’m so sorry you’ve been exposed to such intolerance. Here, let me help.”
This sort of thing keeps happening over and over. Last year it was a Power Rangers toy that supposedly blasphemed against Mohammed. A few years back, it was a Burger King ice-cream wrapper that supposedly blasphemed against Allah. And then there was this lovely KFC employee in Australia, responding to a customer’s request for bacon:
And of course, there was that “awful Internet video” that caused the Benghazi attack even though it had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack.
Just remember: We need to respect and show sensitivity toward other people’s religious beliefs, as long as they have nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
(Hat tip: JWF)