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Holy flip-flops! Now shoes are blasphemous

From WND
14 October 2015 | By Jay Baggett

‘Allah’ on tread could have results ‘that are not desirable’


Islam needs the equivalent of an Emily Post; otherwise, someone unfamiliar with all the ways a nonbeliever might give offense could lose his or her head over the most innocent violation of etiquette.

Like wearing the wrong flip-flops, for example.

Habib M. Iskandar Alkadri, a spokesman for the Islam Defenders Front, or FPI, in Indonesia is demanding the government respond immediately to the discovery that a brand of flip-flops or sandals appears to carry the name Allah on its soles.

“FPI West Kalimantan urged the government and relevant agencies in this regard … to act decisively, by taking concrete steps. This is related to the abuse of Islam,” said Alkadri to the Tribune Pontianak Wednesday.

Alkadri called for decisive action because the blasphemous footwear may not yet have spread to other markets, where it will cause greater offense.

“It must be addressed immediately, traced and withdrawn from the market. We as community organizations can only make a non-formal appeal. The government can issue rules, but they must be executed firmly,” he added.

In 1997 Nike agreed to dump a style of athletic training shoes after Muslims complained the flame-like logo resembled the name Allah. In exchange for the suspending sales and issuing an apology, the Council on American-Islamic Relations agreed to urge Muslims around the world not to boycott Nike products. The company also agreed to donate a $50,000 playground to an Islamic elementary school in Virginia.

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