Let’s Take a Hard Look at Islamic Symbolism

It’s time to take another critical look at the increasing use of Islamic symbolism in national imagery, especially during the past 16 months.

About seven weeks ago, I contended that the Flight 93 Memorial design should spark more outrage than the new U.S. Missile Defense Agency logo.  Today, Alex Rawls at Error Theory pointed out yet another Obama Administration-designed logo makes me scratch my head.

Take a look at the Nuclear Security Summit logo above, and compare it to the logos of the Muslim American Society and the Iranian Space Agency.  Fairly similar, right?  Now, compare it to the Missile Defense Agency logo below…

…and to the design for the Flight 93 Memorial project below…

Have you ever seen so many designs that appear to have been inspired by the Muslim crescent moon and star symbol that once adorned outhouse doors and now appears on the flags of more than a dozen Muslim nations?  I can think of only one person who might be behind such an effort:  President Barack Obama.

BMW Appears on ‘Mickelson in the Morning’ (Updated)

If you tuned in to Des Moines’ Newsradio 1040 WHO-AM this morning, you heard me talking about a recent post, Was Symbol on Outhouse Door First Visible Sign of Americans’ Feelings Toward Radical Muslims?, during the 10 a.m. (Central) segment of Mickelson in the Morning.

Jan Mickelson, Iowa’s most-prolific conservative radio talk show host, asked me to back up my contention that the appearance of the crescent moon and star symbol on outhouse doors in America during the early 19th century may have been the first visible sign of how many Americans felt — and, indeed, still feel — toward radical Muslims.  We talked for about 15 minutes.

If you’re not familiar with his name, this might ring a bell: Mickelson gained worldwide fame one year ago for his interview of then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney (click here for details).

This marked my third appearance on the show of Iowa’s most-prolific conservative radio talk show host:

NOTE: As soon as a podcast of the program is available, I’ll provide a link here.  HERE IT IS!

Video: Flight 93 Memorial Still Points to Mecca

Just over 13 months ago, I published my first post about the controversy surrounding the Flight 93 Memorial.  On Nov. 21, 2007, I published an update on the project purported to honor the passengers who gave their own lives to prevent Islamic terrorists from flying a passenger aircraft into the nation’s capitol.  Today, thanks to Debbie at Right Truth, I became aware of a new video, It Points to Mecca (below) which makes the strongest case yet for the argument that the National Park Service’s Flight 93 Memorial Project actually does more to honor Islamic terrorists than it does to memorialize American heroes about United Flight 93.

Posted on YouTube yesterday, the video begins with an appeal to the American people by Tom Burnett Sr., a man who lost his son, Tom Burnett Jr., in the crash near Shanksville, Pa.

Burnett Sr. implores people to help him in his effort to stop the NPS from planting a giant Islamic-shaped crescent atop his son’s grave.

The half-mile wide crescent, originally named the “Crescent of Embrace,” points almost exactly to Mecca. That makes it a “mihrab,” a niche or chamber in a mosque indicating the direction of Mecca.  Some mihrabs are shaped like a pointed arch, but the most-often-seen mihrab is shaped like a crescent.

A second typical mosque feature is the 93-foot-tall Tower of Voices which, Burnett notes, looks like a minaret and has a crescent on top. These and a host of other Islamist- and terrorist-memorializing features remain completely intact in the so-called redesign.

The design is called the “Circle of Embrace” now.  According to the NPS Flight 93 Memorial Project website, however, the circle is still broken and in the exact same places as before. The unbroken part of the circle, what symbolically remains standing in the wake of 9/11, is still a giant Islamic-shaped crescent, still pointing to Mecca.

If, after watching the video, you find yourself appalled by the current design of the Flight 93 Memorial Project, share this post with everyone you know — including your members of Congresss — and encourage them to do the same.  As you share it, include a message that the current memorial needs to be scrapped in favor of one that pays tribute ONLY to the American heroes aboard United Flight 93.

Thanks in advance for your support of this worth effort.

Atlanta Radio Appearance to Air This Afternoon

In a post five days ago, I promised to notify readers when details became available about an airtime for my recent guest appearance on The Jody Hice Show.  Here’s the update:

Dr. Jody Hice

Dr. Jody Hice

The pre-recorded program will air today at 2:30 p.m. Central on WRAF-FM 90.9 FM, a station in the Atlanta area (Coca-Cola’s backyard).  During the program, Dr. Jody Hice and I discuss several culture-related topics, including one that was the subject of a very popular recent post (i.e., the Muslim crescent moon and star symbol appearing on cans of Coca-Cola during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan).  If you miss it in real time, you can visit the show web site for a free podcast that should be up available by the end of this week.

UPDATE: Posting of the audio mentioned above has been delayed.  Check back soon for another update.

UPDATE #2 9/01/08 5:28 p.m. Central: It’s up and available now at WRAF-FM 90.9 FM.

Blogger to Appear on Atlanta Radio Show

Dr. Jody Hice

Dr. Jody Hice

Nine days ago, I published what turned out to be a very popular post about the Muslim crescent moon and star symbol appearing on cans of Coca-Cola during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.  This afternoon, I will discuss that post with Dr. Jody Hice, host of  The Jody Hice Show which airs on WRAF-FM 90.9 in the Atlanta area (Coca-Cola’s backyard).  My appearance will be recorded today for broadcast next week.  As soon as more details become available, I’ll publish an update in this space.

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UPDATE 9-02-08:  The appearance mentioned above will air today at 2:30 p.m. Central.  For all the details, see Atlanta Radio Appearance to Air This Afternoon.

Will Cross Adorn Coca-Cola Cans This Christmas?

The crescent moon and star — yes, the same symbol featured on the flags of so many Muslim countries — is an internationally-recognized symbol of the Islamic faith in much the same way as the cross represents Christianity and the star of David Judaism.  When I learned the symbol of the Islamic faith will appear on Coca-Cola packaging during Ramadan 2008, I found myself wondering whether or not the Atlanta-based soft drink maker will soon include the Christian cross and Jewish star of David in future holiday packaging designs targeting people of those faiths.

The firm selected by Coca-Cola to help interpret its brand across a number of events is ATTIK, according to Brand Republic.  Notable among those events are Ramadan, a Muslim religious observance that runs from Sept. 1-30, and Christmas 2008. [Note: I've found no evidence that the company plans to focus any efforts on Hanukkah or any other Jewish holiday.]

During Ramadan, the ATTIK design shown above will adorn packaging in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia and other countries with a great many Muslims.

With hopes of finding out whether the Christian cross — instead of the penguins, polar bears and snow of recent years — will grace Coca-Cola packaging for Christmas 2008, I sent an e-mail to Roger Darnell at the firm’s San Francisco office at 11:52 a.m. (Central) today.  Six minutes later, he replied by telling me he had forwarded my inquiry to ATTIK’s marketing executive Vicky Hallam in the firm’s Leeds, England, office.  Excluding the salutation, my e-mail was worded as follows:

I’m a freelance writer and am pursuing an article on using religious symbols on commercial product packaging.  As I understand ATTIK.com was selected to design the 2008 Christmas packaging for Coca-Cola, I’m interested in learning whether or not Coca-Cola products distributed in predominantly-Christian countries will include Christian cross and Jewish star of David symbols in much the same manner as packaging of Coca-Cola products (which your firm designed) sold in predominantly-Muslim countries feature the crescent moon and star symbol representing Islam?

I sent a similar e-mail to Coca-Cola via their main web site’s “Contact Us” form, but truly doubt that I will receive a reply from either Coca-Cola or ATTIK during my lifetime.  You see, I fully expect that Vicky in Leeds will feel obligated to forward my inquiry to the public relations folks in Atlanta.  They, in turn, will opt to sit on the matter, hoping it will go away.

In either case, stay tuned as I will post an update(s) in this space if/when I receive a reply from either firm.

Hat tip: Adrants, an advertising industry blog.

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UPDATE 8/19/08, 1 p.m. Central:  At 11:42 a.m. Central, I finally received a reply from from Coca-Cola in the form of this e-mail:

Thank you for contacting The Coca-Cola Company.  We appreciate your interest in our Company.

Contacts related to media and public relations typically go through that department.  You may contact them directly at pressinquiries@na.ko.com, or via their hotline at 404.676.2683.

Lesley
Industry and Consumer Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

I replied by repeating my previous request in a message sent to the e-mail address provided and telling no-last-name Lesley this:

“I won’t say that I look forward to a prompt reply, since that did not happen.  I do, however, look forward to some sort of reply ASAP.”

Now, we wait again…

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UPDATE 8/19/08, 3:30 p.m. Central“Carl in Jerusalem” has wrote and published a post about “Ramadan Coke” after linking to this post.  In part, he writes:

But I had a different question: Given that Coke contains caffeine, can Muslims drink Coke at all? After all, it has caffeine. The answer to that question does not seem very clear.

Click here to read the rest of his interesting post.