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Muslims Declare Victory In Anti Islam Lego!  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Posted (1 year 4 months 2 days ago) and read 4552 times:

Austria’s Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday after the firm agreed to withdraw a Star Wars toy set featuring a mosque-like building inhabited by an obese, hookah–smoking alien, following complaints that it was anti-Muslim.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...over-antiislamic-lego-8555610.html

I think Ive heard it all now. Shame Lego caved in to this nonsense.

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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4520 times:

And if it had been the Jews doing so and won there would be applause and congrats and support.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
And if it had been the Jews doing so

What about the Christians? Or the Buddhists? Really, dividing everything up in the world as one religion against the other is really petty.

All that the Lego is is a replica from a Star Wars movie. That's it. Nothing else. It's ridiculous for the toy to be banned. Somehow, in all of the ensuing years, it's never been an offense yet!



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
What about the Christians? Or the Buddhists?

Do they ever protest at anything, the only times Ive heard of Bhuddist doing so is against the Bhudda Bar chain, or do you have to jump to defend Jews and castigate Muslims always?

It may be silly for Muslims to have done so, but I'm pointing out how it would have been if Jews were involved.


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8795 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):

And if it had been the Jews doing so and won there would be applause and congrats and support.

They are not so given to hysterics. The hypersensitives and perpetually outraged and offended would point to this as an example of institutionalized cultural racism. For the most part, it’s a projection of their own insecurities.

Anyone who feels so threatened by such an inoffensive thing as Legos based on a 30 year old movie, must harbor deep insecurities about their own faith. Indeed they might be so insecure, they might do things that signal the emptiness of their faith loud and clear, such as threaten physical and legal sanctions against those who do not agree with their faith.

The truly faithful would shrug it off.

[Edited 2013-04-01 18:32:33]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):
do you have to jump to defend Jews and castigate Muslims always?

Feel free to point out where I've ever done so (you can look, but you won't find any examples). Pointing out the partisan religious swipe you made is not tantamount to taking sides.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4475 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 4):
The truly faithful would shrug it off.

As I have, also said this, did you read it?

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):
It may be silly for Muslims to have done so,
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5):

So you think you wouldn't have sided with them had they done so?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4472 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
So you think you wouldn't have sided with them had they done so?

Had who done what? There wasn't any religious connotation to the Jabba-The-Hut figure.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

It seems to have caused Turks more offence than to Muslims in general, emphasis in article is only on Turk community and no one else, perhaps due to resemblance to that Turrkish mosque though I don't see it looking similar, yes it does look like a mosque though and has a minaret too.

[Edited 2013-04-01 19:08:43]

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Austria’s Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday after the firm agreed to withdraw a Star Wars toy set featuring a mosque-like building inhabited by an obese, hookah–smoking alien, following complaints that it was anti-Muslim.

That's odd. The hutts and jawas always exhibited Jewish stereotypes. Muslims would make more sense if they were angry about the sand people.

Edit: I totally forgot about that one creature in the prequels who was Anakin's owner and sold spaceship parts. That guy is basically the most stereotypically Jewish looking and acting an alien could be.
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
What about the Christians?

I'm sure the Westboro Baptists dislike Star Wars for some reason or another.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 4):
They are not so given to hysterics.

Jewish groups sunk a deal for Allianz to buy naming rights to what is now MetLife Stadium.

[Edited 2013-04-01 21:06:44]


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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9805 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4365 times:
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Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
And if it had been the Jews doing so and won there would be applause and congrats and support.

Not from this Star Wars fan.

Quoting 777way (Reply 8):
It seems to have caused Turks more offence than to Muslims in general, emphasis in article is only on Turk community and no one else, perhaps due to resemblance to that Turrkish mosque though I don't see it looking similar, yes it does look like a mosque though and has a minaret too.

That so?

But in January this year the set started to provoke outrage in Austria’s Islamic community...

Anyway. I'm sorely disappointed in Lego for this one. From the article:

“This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” said Melissa Gunes, a spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association.

THEN DON'T BUY IT FOR YOUR CHILD.

Christ, what kid between 9 and 14 HASN'T seen Return of the Jedi????????



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

But it also says:

. Austria’s Turkish community claimed a victory. .....a spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association...... Critics also claimed that the palace had an uncanny resemblance to Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia mosque........the TCA complained, adding ........the president of the TCA, said in a statement: .... The decision followed a meeting in Munich between Turkish community leaders and Lego executives......

Lego are not removing it immediately but from 2014 after selling a good number and perhaps making a decent amount if it sells well.

[Edited 2013-04-01 21:29:12]

User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9805 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4341 times:
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Quoting 777way (Reply 11):
But it also says:

Oh, my fault. I read your post as saying the country Turkey, rather than Turks.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6539 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

The correct answer was : this has nothing to do with any religion. Contact Disney for further information.

Apparently the outrage is due to the building vaguely resembling the Hagia Sophia. I guess catholics and orthodox should be offended then, as this is originally a christian church, especially the dome !



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User currently offlinebwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1367 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

Meanwhile, on Lego.com.

Quote:
A few media have reported that the product is being discontinued due to the mentioned criticism. This is, however, not correct.

As a normal process products in the LEGO Star WarsTM assortment usually have a life-cycle of one to three years after which they leave the assortment and may be renewed after some years. The LEGO Star WarsTM product Jabba's Palace 9516 was planned from the beginning to be in the assortment only until the end of 2013 as new exiting models from the Star Wars universe will follow.


As much as I dislike religion, I dislike dishonest media even more...

[Edited 2013-04-02 05:55:10]


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User currently offlineSmittyone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

I suppose the Inuit will be going after the Hoth playset next.

User currently offlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

I am a Muslim myself. However, I think this Austrian Turkish community objection is ridiculous. It may make more sense if they say the toy offends Turkish people, not Muslims.

User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4073 times:

Quoting bwest (Reply 14):
Meanwhile, on Lego.com.

Good on Lego. I particularly like this phrase:

Quote:

The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interpret it wrongly

In other words, "we apologize that you are a bunch of imbeciles".....



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User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 362 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
withdraw a Star Wars toy set featuring a mosque-like building inhabited by an obese, hookah–smoking alien, following complaints that it was anti-Muslim.

A new level of ridiculous...

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
And if it had been the Jews doing so

But they weren't Jews...why would you even mention Jews here??

Get back to me when the Jews will complain about something as trivial as this....


User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
And if it had been the Jews doing so

See answer 18.

Quoting 777way (Reply 11):
Lego are not removing it immediately but from 2014 after selling a good number and perhaps making a decent amount if it sells well.

Good on Lego.

Quoting EDKA (Reply 18):
Get back to me when the Jews will complain about something as trivial as this....

Mel Gibson?   


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Quoting EDKA (Reply 18):
But they weren't Jews...why would you even mention Jews here??

Just pointing out standards practiced here as observed. The toy resembles a mosque anyways it has a minaret too.


User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 20):
it has a minaret too.


It looks more like a bell tower to me.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7147 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

Based on this stupidity my image of Mohamed is now that of a hukka smoking giant slug. I can't help thinking this wasn't the intention of Austria's Turkish Muslim minority.

Don't you just hate it when minorities screw things up for everyone else?


User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 20):
Just pointing out standards practiced here as observed. The toy resembles a mosque anyways it has a minaret too.

It resembles Jabba's Palace in the film much more than a mosque. Why don't you complain about the film instead?

Or is it just because Lego are Danish? Seems like you're the one with double standards  



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

Quoting Redd (Reply 21):

Might to you but I would have said so if it appeared the same to me.


25 CalebWilliams : Please keep in mind that not all mosques have minarets. I've been to two mosques in the United States, neither of which have one.
26 starbuk7 : Sorry, I did a search for minaret to see what it was, then looked at the images associated with minaret and none of those images even come close to l
27 slider : It's not insecurity. They're compelled to act that way because their prophet demands it. If this were centuries earlier, they'd have just taken the s
28 cjg225 : I read past the first post expecting this to be an April Fool's joke. I am disturbed by the fact that it is not.
29 SOBHI51 : Was waiting for that, yes Slider according to you all Muslims are terrorists and they can not go along with anyone, have you ever visited Muslims in
30 Post contains images DocLightning : No, the prophet does not demand that they behave this way. This is human stupidity, pure and simple. 1) By calling this "anti-Muslim bias" they are s
31 slider : But what if Lego said no? What then? A fatwa? a call to kill the infidel plastic brick makers? Go read the quran and the hadiths....
32 virginblue4 : I'm sorry, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous things that I have ever read. People are actually offended over some lego bricks? It does not
33 WestJet747 : I've never known you to pass up an opportunity to voice your hate for Muslims, but try reading the whole thread before commenting: ------------------
34 SOBHI51 : It seems you know Muslims more than i do, then you tell me, till i read about this in here i never read or heard anything about this subject, but as
35 zckls04 : Where do you suppose these quotes are from? The last one is particularly interesting. It's not the Quran which "compels them to act this way". It's i
36 DocLightning : I have read Q'uran and I defy you to quote to me the relevant passages.
37 n229nw : Jeez, go read the BIBLE. The old testament has just as many of the same. People interpret it and spin it. Indeed, it continues: Stone them to death,
38 CPH-R : Except Lego has done no such thing? They've explained the rationale behind it to the Austrian group, but the product stays on the market until 2014,
39 Smittyone : Islam or not, I guess I could see where Turks might get upset if their culture was obliquely represented as that of the Hutts. Of course a more accura
40 PanHAM : You come close. The present, nationalistic Turkish government is instrumentalising the Turkish expats in Europe and use them for all kinds of interfe
41 CamiloA380 : I don't think it has anything to do with their religion. These people are just very uneducated, and therefore think its provocative. Almost exactly to
42 slider : Ahhh, yes, the cyberlynching commences. Every time Islam comes up. I love it. Once again, I'm branded the hater, yet there's centuries of history sup
43 WestJet747 : What gets me is your blindness to your own hypocrisy. Over all the threads on the topic of Islam, people have continuously posted Biblical verses tha
44 777way : there are all types of mosques a hut with a matching tower will look like a mosque to muslims, even if its not, the toy concept even if not inspired
45 slider : Let's be PERFECTLY CLEAR here. I'm not hypocritical at all about it. You are wrong, amigo. I acknowledge Old Testament Biblical items, always have. T
46 slider : So what if it does? Your right to be offended does not constitute anyone else's right to not make such a toy.
47 zckls04 : And once again I ask you- is it so bad that somebody complained about something which offended them (in a peaceful way), then the offending manufactu
48 777way : I''m not offended, scroll up and read my earlier posts, just saying it looks like a mosque more than anything else.
49 WestJet747 : A very nice history lesson, but it doesn't contradict my biggest gripe which I admit I have not made clear (and was in the process of editing when yo
50 zckls04 : Off topic- is it bad that I read that as "I think the rules of Manchester under the name of religion"? I've been here too long.....
51 SOBHI51 : Make up your mind, did i admit my ignorance or slinked away (whatever that means)? The problem is your questions have words i do not understand, you
52 Quokkas : It may have a superficial resemblance to the main structure, based on the dome shape. What I find bizarre is that any resemblance should give rise to
53 cws818 : You are merely ignorant, ill-informed, and foolish. When you worked for CO, your attitude was, perhaps, tolerated. Now, you work for UA, which flies
54 slider : Prove me wrong.
55 slider : Fair point at least from what I think you're trying to say. But the whole point is that pure islam--as driven and dictated by their prophet himself--
56 n229nw : Of course! It isn't as though any Christians are using the Old Testament to argue against things like gay marriage and the like, and it isn't as thou
57 DocLightning : We saw how well that worked. The Vatican promised Martin Luther safe passage and then tried to kill him. The Vatican then tried to stamp out the Prot
58 PC12Fan : My God poeple - don't we have much bigger fish to fry than this???
59 Quokkas : ... then you understand the notion that rulings and interpretations can be made as circumstances change. That there is a difference between that whic
60 cws818 : Where should I start? And, if I did, would you understand what I said?
61 cws818 : Reasonable people do. Slider does not. He is bitter, bigoted, and oozing hate. It is not his fault. He, seemingly, cannot help himself.
62 Post contains images francoflier : So I guess a 'Crusades' themed lego is out of the question then...?
63 NASCARAirforce : As an atheist who dislikes all organized religion- we can't expect the rest of the world to cave in to Taliban Stone age burka wearing ideas and what
64 777way : The Taliban are not representing true Islam, majority muslims don't subscribe to their beliefs, they will not get over it because in their minds they'
65 Geezer : Let's get one thing very clear here; don't even mention Christianity and the Westboro Baptist Church in the same sentence; the WBC has nothing to do
66 WestJet747 : Well by definition they are indeed a church. You may not like their interpretation of the Bible, but they still practice what they believe is Christi
67 DeltaMD90 : Funny, that's what my Muslim friends say about Al Qaeda.... (obviously replacing Christianity with Islam, etc)
68 AviRaider : They are a true definition of a cult, plain and simple. They pick and choose parts of the Bible for their own hateful agenda. They are only one famil
69 777way : Same as.
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