Allah-themed doormats had been for sale on Amazon, much to the chagrin of Muslims who complained to the online retailer that wiping one’s feet upon the name of Allah isn’t cool, Heat Street reported.
And it isn’t just Allah doormats. There are Christian and Hindu ones, too, but British Labour Party Muslim Councillor Mariam Khan complained that the Allah doormats were “extremely offensive to Muslims”. She even received an apology from Amazon, and preached about the mats being out of sync with the Amazon promotion of “racial and religious harmony”, with its commercial depicting a priest and an imam ordering gifts for each other.
But let’s face it: if Amazon really bought into the “offense” and harmony argument, it would have also removed the Jesus mats, too. They certainly care about political correctness, since they also removed the Hindu ones; but they likely care more about their own necks. Woe be unto anyone who offends Muhammad or Islam. It is a global decree.
Take the case of Charlie Hebdo magazine, which had to find someone else to make fun of to stay in business after being terrorized and subjugated by jihadist thugs. So instead, they’re now satirizing critics of Islam. South Park also altered an episode that depicted Muhammad after receiving jihadist threats. Now just imagine what may be going through the minds of Amazon execs at the thought of not removing a mat with the name of Allah on it: terror. So Amazon decided to remove its Allah mats, but it’s ok to “wipe your feet on Jesus”
As for Jesus, however, Amazon still sells doormats bearing his image and name as of Tuesday. There are doormats with Bible verses referencing Christ, and even one showing him holding a cross like a light saber — its title? “Jedi Jesus.”
Christianity is a religion of peace, so who cares about offending Christians? It comes with no deadly price. Anyone can insult Christianity and even the Prince of Peace Himself for any reason at all, with no fear of adverse consequences. Wiping your feet on Jesus will not place anyone on a kind of death row, with execution possibly coming at anytime and anyplace. But woe be unto Amazon to continue carrying mats deemed offensive to Islam. They sure have conveyed that they don’t want to risk turning into the next Charlie Hebdo.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes:
The ferment we see in the Muslim world today is not solely due to despotic political systems, and it is not solely due to failing economies and the poverty they breed. Rather, it is also due largely to Islam itself and the incompatibility of certain of that faith’s key tenets with modernity.
But much of the modern world seems ready and willing to fall into line.