Amazon Removes Doormats Featuring Qur’an Verses From Sale At Demand Of Hamas-CAIR

Sunday, January 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

How long will it be before Hamas-linked CAIR starts demanding that books that criticize jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays and others also be dropped by Amazon? And how long will it be before Amazon complies?

ROBERT SPENCER
FREEDOMOUTPOST.COM
JANUARY 6, 2019

The Amazon listing for this doormat is indeed gone, but you can still see it cached here. Clearly, this product was not intended to be offensive; it wasn’t the creation of some “Islamophobes” trying to show their contempt for the Qur’an. It was marketed as “Holy Quran Door Mat Floor Mat Rug Indoor/Outdoor/Front Door/Bathroom Mats.”

Yes, “Holy.” And the image of this doormat makes it clear that this was presented as an affirmation of Islam, not an insult to it. But Hamas-linked CAIR said that it “received complaints about the items, which are offensive to Muslims because the Quranic verses would be stepped on or otherwise disrespected by customers.”

And it’s true: in Islamic cultures, to show someone the bottom of one’s shoes or to walk on something is considered a supreme insult. There is a very different sensibility in the West; for example, Amazon is still selling doormats featuring Bible verses, and as far as I know, no Jews or Christians are complaining.

The worst part of this, however, is that Amazon readily complied with Hamas-linked CAIR’s demand. There is nothing intrinsically offensive about this doormat: it doesn’t feature any insult to Islam, or the Qur’an, or Muhammad. But Hamas-linked CAIR claims it’s offensive, and that’s that. Even if it were intended to be disrespectful to Islam, Amazon should have remembered the freedom of speech and kept it on sale. After all, Amazon sells numerous products that are offensive to Christians; see, for example, here and here and here, and it doubtful that they would remove them from sale if Christian groups complained; nor should they do so. We live in a free society and don’t have blasphemy laws.

At least not yet. But now a precedent has been set: if Hamas-linked CAIR thinks something is “offensive” to Muslims, Amazon will remove it. How long will it be before Hamas-linked CAIR starts demanding that books that criticize jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays and others also be dropped by Amazon? And how long will it be before Amazon complies? Get them while you can.

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