Burger King recalls ‘sacrilegious’ desserts | The Scotsman

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THE fast-food chain, Burger King, is withdrawing its ice-cream cones after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim.

The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a "jihad". The chain is being forced to spend thousands of pounds redesigning the lid with backing from The Muslim Council of Britain. It apologised and said: "The design simply represents a spinning ice-cream cone."

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  1. This is the part that got me:

    He was not satisfied by the decision to withdraw the cones and has called on Muslims to boycott Burger King. He said: “This is my jihad. How can you say it is a spinning swirl? If you spin it one way to the right you are offending Muslims.”

    It was an honest mistake, it has been resolved, backed by the Muslim Council and apologised for. Surely the matter should rest, but no! This guy is now spitting his dummy out and making a point of actively trying to be offended and whipping up a storm. It’s high time these people got told to shut up and (insert expletive of choice) off!

    1. Burger King was never designated as a Halal fast food joint in the first place
    2. it was an honest mistake that’s been fixed at great expense
    3. A good number of the burgers on the menu contain bacon

    So what percentage of their usual demographic is Burger King actually loosing by inadvertantly alienating the fundamentalist islam crowd? Talk about looking for offence. Most muslims who care that much about what they’re eating would go to a halal joint in the first instance.

  2. If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I might even find myself voting for the likes of BNP, although, I truly hope it never comes to that.

    • In reply to #10 by navq:

      If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I might even find myself voting…

      I know how you feel.As a life-long Socialist,I find I am having to re-evaluate my most basic principles.There must be a limit to our willingness to compromise and continually reduce our freedoms in line with the demands of others.When does it stop being appeasement and become self-harm?

      • Exactly. If we go to their countries, where they openly abuse other peoples beliefs, and while I’m atheist, it still rankles that it’s alright for them but not us! What’s good enough for the goose…

        We really need to put a stop to all this nonsense now, before Sharia law has replaced British law, and you can’t deny that it could become a possibility, however remote.
        In reply to #12 by sunbeamforjeebus:

        In reply to #10 by navq:

        If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I mig…

      • In reply to #12 by sunbeamforjeebus:

        When does it stop being appeasement and become self-harm?

        I think they are the probably same thing. What is the point of having principles if you aren’t prepared to stand up for them?

        • In reply to #15 by N_Ellis:

          In reply to #12 by sunbeamforjeebus:

          When does it stop being appeasement and become self-harm?

          I think they are the probably same thing. What is the point of having principles if you aren’t prepared to stand up for them?

          Agreed,but it is our elected representatives who seem to have no principles, whatever we have ourselves.We are being very poorly served by all political shades at present.I really feel we are approaching the tipping point.

          • In reply to #16 by sunbeamforjeebus:

            Agreed,but it is our elected representatives who seem to have no principles, whatever we have ourselves.We are being very poorly served by all political shades at present.I really feel we are approaching the tipping point.

            Politicians can be such clueless cowards. In trying to please as many people as possible to get the most votes, they effectively succeed at offending everyone and betraying the core principle of civil society: the rule of law. They make special rules for small interest groups and the existing rules seemingly don’t apply to them. The common man has to play by the rules while the “elite” can cheat as much as they want to with no adverse consequences.

            In the current state of affairs, elected representatives are getting paid (by the taxpayers who elected them) to NOT do their job. And they seem to excel at THAT but not much else unfortunately.

          • In reply to #16 by sunbeamforjeebus:

            >

            Agreed,but it is our elected representatives who seem to have no principles, whatever we have ourselves.We are being very poorly served by all political shades at present.I really feel we are approaching the tipping point….

            At present? Politicians have never had principles, all the way back to Athens. Alas it will take a lot more than this to spark any sort of counter movement. Choudry would need to do something monumentally stupid first.

    • In reply to #10 by navq:

      If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I might even find myself voting for the likes of BNP, although, I truly hope it never comes to that.

      If this sort of behavior – an idiot wanting his fifteen minutes of fame and foolishly being listened to rather than told to stop being so silly and go away – continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains political power, and to counter this you might even find yourself voting for a far-right party yourself, as much as it would pain you.

      Have I summarized your position accurately?

      I think this would be what is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy, navq.

      Take the advice yourself that Rashad Akhtar wasn’t given and stop being so silly. The appropriate response to politically correct oversensitivity, corporate or otherwise, being shown to minority groups is not to strap on one’s jackboots and start practicing the straight-armed salute.

      If you’re worried about Britain becoming a Muslim-majority nation, this article should allay your fears.

      …FactCheck wouldn’t bet on the British Muslim population ever topping 10 per cent, let alone 50 per cent.

      You’re welcome.

      • I’m not worried about that at all, “thank you.” If a tiny minority has us jumping through hoops now, what will a larger minority do? You are clearly missing the point. Our so-called leaders just might paint themselves into a corner bending over for these fools, and before we know it, we have a couple of hard-line muslims in parliament, declaring that the fact they aren’t allowed to put forward bill “X” is outrageously racist. They then get a sympathy vote. Granted, this is worse-case scenario but that’s how it starts.

        I’m surprised to find a muslim sympathiser on this site, but…

        In reply to #23 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #10 by navq:

        If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I mig…

        • In reply to #26 by navq:

          In reply to #23 by Katy Cordeth:

          I’m not worried about that at all, “thank you.” If a tiny minority has us jumping through hoops now, what will a larger minority do?

          Frighten a bunch of gullible idiots?

          You are clearly missing the point. Our so-called leaders just might paint themselves into a corner bending over for these fools, and before we know it, we have a couple of hard-line muslims in parliament, declaring that the fact they aren’t allowed to put forward bill “X” is outrageously racist. They then get a sympathy vote. Granted, this is worse-case scenario but that’s how it starts.

          Yeah, well, let me know when it does start. Dystopian nightmare fantasies tend not to worry me that much. I enjoy them, don’t get me wrong: I love Alan Moore and Margaret Atwood as much as the next person. But I don’t let them dictate my voting habits.

          I’m surprised to find a muslim sympathiser on this site, but…

          Death to the West, baby. Ali Bongo be praised.

          • Blah, blah, blah…

            In reply to #27 by Katy Cordeth:

            In reply to #26 by navq:

            In reply to #23 by Katy Cordeth:

            I’m not worried about that at all, “thank you.” If a tiny minority has us jumping through hoops now, what will a larger minority do?

            Frighten a bunch of gullible idiots?

            You are clearly missing the point. Our so-called leaders just might…

    • In reply to #10 by navq:

      If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I might even find myself voting…

      It’s getting as bad in Australia. I discovered that many products on our supermarket shelves, such as cream, yoghurt, ice cream, confectionery and pharmaceutical products, have in tiny print on the ingredients “Halal gelatine”. On enquiry to several manufacturers, I discovered that the gelatine has, in fact, been sourced from beef cattle that have been slaughtered in accordance with Halal requirements. I, for one, do not want to eat the product of animals that have not been humanely slaughtered according to accepted animal welfare standards and I suspect there will be many others like me.

      A vegetarian friend thought that Halal gelatine was a vegetable product, or a synthetic gelatine. She was horrified. There is nothing at point of sale on any of these products to indicate that the gelatine is an animal product and that it is part of a religious ritual slaughter.

      Sad times for infidels. Now I need to check the fine print on every list of ingredients.

      • They way kosher and halal meat is obtained is pretty brutal, and just one more reason to be an infidel, and fiercely proud of it.

        In reply to #28 by ArloNo:

        In reply to #10 by navq:

        If this sort of behaviour continues, it’s only a matter of time before the far right gains a foothold in Britain. It’s beyond a joke that we bend over backwards to please muslims. This isn’t a muslim country! If things continue the way they sadly appear to be heading, I mig…

    • In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood used democracy to seize power then tried to use that power to dismantle the very democracy that got them elected. In the UK the MCB take advantage of our tolerant society and legal system to further the most intolerant of agendas. Deeply depressing.

  3. hold on there. hold on…. Burger King sells HAMburgers. Muslims cannot eat pork. I know hamburgers are not made of pork, but doesn’t the name kind of RESEMBLE a pork product? If the shit on the wrapper offends, certainly the name of the product itself should similarly offend.

    • In reply to #18 by crookedshoes:

      hold on there. hold on…. Burger King sells HAMburgers. Muslims cannot eat pork. I know hamburgers are not made of pork, but doesn’t the name kind of RESEMBLE a pork product? If the shit on the wrapper offends, certainly the name of the product itself should similarly offend.

      Maybe they think hamburgers were named after one of Noah and Joan’s sons in the Ark story.

    • In reply to #19 by Ornicar:

      Hey, maybe the guy who designed the Arabic sign for Allah wanted to draw an ice-cream cone and screwed up.

      You know that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Depicted invented soft-serve ice cream, don’t you? It’s right there in the Koo-ran.

      Steve

  4. Putting it bluntly, this is just plain bloody stupid. There is an extremely vague and superficial resemblance to the so-called religious symbol but to make such a big issue of it is totally without reason. I don’t know what is worse – the guy for making a mountain out of the proverbial molehill or for Burger King backing off and toadying to this totally unreasonable religious nut-case, We are probably now going to have all these misguided twits scouring products the length and breadth of the country to try and find something “offensive” to their religion. Burger King should have stood its ground and told the guy where to get off!

  5. I’m a bit concerned about the shape of something squiggly I just left in the litter tray. is there an islamic website I can send a photograph into and ask if it’s offensive or not?

    • In reply to #31 by SaganTheCat:

      I’m a bit concerned about the shape of something squiggly I just left in the litter tray. is there an islamic website I can send a photograph into and ask if it’s offensive or not?

      ROFL!

      Thank you!

  6. Mind you. I don’t know which is more bizarre – the muslim who sees the name of his imaginary friend on a lid of a sippy-cup and threatens to start lopping off heads or the christian who sees the face of Zombie Son’s Mum on a fence-post and turns a lovely but deserted stretch of cliff-top into a polluted (but money-making) site of pilgrimage!

    The Holy Post

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