Friday, September 23, 2011

A dog named Muhammad

Yes, the uproar has been as expected.  Would Christians threaten to kill if there was a dog named Jesus?  How about a dog named Yaweh, would that upset Jews enough to kill?

We know the answer, don't we?

From the San Juan Capistrano Patch September 20 by Jenna Chandler

Reeve Explains 'Muhammad' as Dog's Name

Naming his dog Muhammad, and later announcing it during a public meeting, was not meant to be disparaging to Muslims, San Juan Capistrano Councilman Derek Reeve said Tuesday.
In offering the first explanation of why he chose the name, Reeve said it was a decision made by his family in an exercise of free speech after teaching his children that in some parts of the world they could be sentenced to death for doing so.
Reeve mentioned his dogs' names Sept. 6 (the other is named America), as the council voted onplans for a dog park in the Northwest Open Space.
Dogs are traditionally considered unclean in the Arab world—a perception that caused CouncilmanLarry Kramer to ask the rest of the council to talk about proper decorum at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
"We are in a position of authority. It's important we choose our words wisely," Kramer said. "I hope the council will say this kind of speech is not OK."
Kramer asked the council to discuss its standards of conduct and to rewrite its rules on decorum—requests that went unfulfilled.
Reeve, commenting on the 45-minute discussion that ensued with comments from the public, said, "What's most offensive [to me] is that we're not talking about anything important. We're talking about my damned dog."
Some residents agreed. Several who spoke during a public hearing said they preferred to have the council focus on other, more "pressing" issues, such as the city's infrastructure, high water rates and finances.
Reeve at some points during his explanation got choked up. He said this week had been a difficult one, with a "terrorist organization" reprimanding him for his public declaration of his dog's name.
Mayor Sam Allevato also had harsh words for Reeve.
"You have to be really careful about what you say" from the dais, Allevato cautioned. "These types of comments are not acceptable" and could lead to what some could consider a hostile work environment for City Hall employees, he said.
Allevato said a Muslim in the audience during the last City Council meeting was offended by Reeve's remark. He also said allowing such comments to be made would be a "slippery slope."
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