CafePress drops Buddha-snap doggie G-strings
Thailand outraged by 'offensive' canine apparel
US online apparel outfit CafePress today dropped "G-string underwear and T-shirts for dogs* emblazoned with [a] picture of Buddha" after Thailand went ballistic at the outrage.
According to Reuters, Thailand's Foreign Ministry spokesman Piriya Khempon yesterday said the products had "offended Thais and Buddhists" and duly demanded their withdrawal. Around 90 per cent of the country's population subscribe to the religion, and consider dogs "inferior beings".
Objecting to stuff has become a bit of a local custom down in Thailand since the military decided they'd be better at running the place. The country is involved in an ongoing spat with Google and YouTube over videos mocking revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and has blocked access to the latter altogether.
For the record, dog owners wishing to make some form of religious statement can still get canine clothing bearing images of Jesus or Shiva down at CafePress. Theologians are reportedly examining these with a view to jumping on the groaning internet-induced indignation bandwagon. ®
*Ok, we admit we're not entirely convinced that CafePress was punting G-strings for dogs. Blame Reuters for the wording. On the other hand, if the news agency has got this right, the question is surely wtf?
"Don't make out that Europeans are any better either, wasn't it a Dame who got himself into hot water by depicting Mohammed?"
I think you may be confusing religion with pantomime. Easy mistake, I know.
RE: O RLY?
There are limits on our freedoms and these include those that maintain 'general welfare' and 'morality'. I would say that that would include offending other religions under certain circumstances:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 29 (2): In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
Underpinning all our rights is the notion of tolerance and brotherhood:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1: All human beings...should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood
I guess the point I was trying to make in my post was that it would do everyone a huge favour if people stopped and thought about their actions before blundering on. I accept that we all have the right to mock each other's dearly-held beliefs and revered figureheads, but this is not very conducive to peaceful co-existence. In the mostly secular West we are largely ignorant of the strength of religious feeling on a daily basis.
However, this is the way of the world, so Thailand probably should just accept that a large part of the world doesn't care for their beliefs, but it is hardly in keeping with the spirit of brotherhood that underpins all our rights.
Also, don't overlook the fact that murderers and bombers constitute a tiny minority of the world's religious. I agree with your point that killing is far more reprehensible than drawing a picture of a prophet (this is what you and I believe, however, and nothing makes it intrinsically correct) but I fail to see on whose part it indicates the existence of double standards.
I wasn't aware that a stipulation of a person's freedom is "as long as you don't offend anyone." Freedom itself is offensive to oppressors, so really, that argument is completely bogus.
I have the freedom to mock your religious figurehead if I so choose. You too, have the right to mock mine. Am I going to throw a hissy-fit over "Buddy Jesus"?? No. Why? Because I'm not an oversensitive jackass.
Yes, it really is THAT simple.
Thailand should quit crying and get over their self-important asses.
...and don't even get me started on the Islamic world. Let's see, which is more reprehensible...an artist drawing a picture of Mohammad, or people committing murder by blowing themselves up in bus stations and restaurants??? Can we drop the double standard? Please??