24 February 2008

The Muslim "Index"

The Catholic Church is famous for its proscription against certain books it deems offensive, known as the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (List of Prohibited Books). Over the years, the list has included many, many important books and authors that Catholics weren't allowed to read, like all of Galileo's books on astronomy, the satire of Erasmus, the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, the history of Edward Gibbon, and pretty much anything else that didn't completely gibe with Catholic dogma (guess how many Protestant authors have been on it).

But at least the Catholics pretty much limited themselves to books, unlike most Muslims. So now we have an unofficial compilation of the Islamic version of the infamous Index: let's call it the Index Panton Prohibitorum (List of Prohibited EVERYTHING).

Yep, someone actually took the time to compile a list of everything that has pissed off Muslims over the past few years. And it's growing.

Have a look at the categories:

  • Flags
  • Buildings
  • Christians
  • Jews
  • Hindus/Buddhists/other religions
  • Movies/TV/Theatre/Radio
  • Food
  • Music
  • Humor/Satire
  • Public Figures
  • Women (no surprise that this is one of the longer lists)
  • Books, Publications, and Writers
  • Art/Artists
  • Grooming
  • And finally, a miscellaneous category for everything else Muslims don't like.
Now ask yourself as you look over the list: are you really that surprised?

[via The Friendly Atheist]

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