This gives the lie to the cringing dhimmis who oppose Pamela Geller’s AFDI pro-freedom ads by saying that they will “provoke” angry and possibly even violent reactions from Muslims. Just being non-Muslims and daring to display Christian symbols, even in a non-religious context, is enough to insult and enrage some Muslims. In Islamic law, dhimmi Christians who live under the “protection” of the Islamic state are forbidden to make any open display of their religion. And that is what Cemil Baysal is demanding of the Swiss. It is just Sharia in action, yet again.
“Swiss makes Muslims cross over billboard ads,” from The Local, October 16 (thanks to Twostellas):
Swiss International Air Lines is raising hackles among Muslims over a slogan used in a recent German-language publicity campaign.
Alluding to its logo, taken from Switzerland’s national flag, the slogan says in German, “Kreuz ist Trumpf”, literally, the “cross is trumps”, or the “cross is a plus”.
The words are used in a billboard campaign, launched within the country last month, that highlights the white cross on the back of one of its planes.
Muslims in Switzerland have responded negatively to the advertising, which they believe promotes Christianity over other religions.
In Swiss internet forums, Islamists complain that Swiss makes reference to the “cross” and not the “Swiss cross”, Der Sonntag newspaper reported.
The issue has been picked up by newspapers in several Muslim countries.
Turkish journalist Cemil Baysal said he is not surprised by the angry response to the campaign which comes on the heels of the emotional reaction by Muslims globally to the American film “Innocence of Muslims”.
The anti-Islamic film touched off violent protests across North Africa and the Middle East.
“Many Muslims feel this Christian slogan (of Swiss) is a provocation and an assault against Islam,” Baysal told Der Sonntag.
Swiss maintains that its ad campaign does not carry any religious or political message.
The slogan is, in fact, a play on words, referring to “trumps” in Jass, the popular card game that is strongly rooted in Switzerland, airline spokeswoman Myriam Ziesack told Sonntag.
She said it was unfortunate that the billboard advertising appeared at the same time as the anti-Muhammad American film surfaced on the Internet.
“We didn’t intend to make any religious or political statement with this advertising message,” Ziesack said.
“However, should the religious feelings of others have been hurt by others, we regret that very much.”
For pete’s sake. You regret it very much? Why can’t you stand up for yourself for once?