In my new book Religion of Peace?, I tell the story of a bumper-sticker war that broke out in Cairo a few years ago. When Coptic Christians began putting the Christian fish symbol, long popular with American evangelicals, on their cars, Muslims responded with their own bumper stickers depicting sharks. An Egyptian Muslim explained: “The Christians had the fish so we responded with the shark. If they want to portray themselves as weak fishes, okay. We are the strongest.”
So look at the ad for Al-Jazeera mobile, above. On the right there is a shark about to swallow a fish in a plastic bag. Now of course maybe this image is meant only to refer to the freshness of the news one gets from Al-Jazeera, as fresh as the goldfish the shark is about to enjoy. But it reminded Conservative Book Club Editor Elizabeth Kantor of the above story, and some other people as well. What do you think?