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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Theological question:

You may recall that in 1996, somebody discovered a cinnamon bun that looked a lot like Mother Teresa. It was given the name Nun BunTM (aka the Immaculate ConfectionTM) and put on display at the Bongo Java coffee shop where it remained until it was stolen Christmas Day 2005. Generally speaking, nobody took offense with the discovery and promotion of the Nun Bun.
Now, in light of the recent controversy over the cartoons, what would happen if somebody discovered a pastry, a Danish perhaps, that looked like the prophet Mohammed? (Or at least one's conception of Mohammed, since nobody knows what he looked like.) It wouldn't be a deliberate representation like that an illustrator or cartoonist would make. It would be a natural occurrence, and therefore not in violation of the Koran's injunction against a person "making" an image.

Perhaps if such a confection were to emerge from a baker's oven, we could stop arguing over the cartoons and, instead, focus on important messages found in rolls of dough (or failing that, the entrails of sacrificed animals).



8 comments

Spot on. Spot on.

By Anonymous bothered, at 2/08/2006 4:25 PM  

They don't call them Danishes anymore in Iran, now they are called Freedom Pastries or Islamic Pastries or something like that.

They've got the same nuts there as we have here.

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 2/08/2006 5:58 PM  

The ridiculous thing is that the entire injunction against "images" is exactly the same as the jewish/christian rule on the same. It's about idol-making, not engraving.

Then again, perhaps the simple act of engraving or molding something by definition makes it an idol. The white bearded christ is certainly one, and the Catholics are from some perspectives ridiculously obsessed with idols.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 2/08/2006 6:22 PM  

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Navy ships are helping patrol the international waters off Yemen to try to recapture al Qaeda prison escapees if they try to flee by sea, the Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday.

Notice how the people who are shocked -- shocked! -- that someone leaked the illegal wiretap story, claiming that it let the bad guys know our methods (which would have been assumed anyway), are quite happy to announce operational details of a plan to catch bad guys?

By Blogger brainhell, at 2/09/2006 9:12 AM  

"[I]mportant messages found in rolls of dough"? I thought that was Tom DeLay's and Jack Abramoff's department...

By Blogger Steve Bates, at 2/09/2006 9:42 AM  

This'll get your buns in a twist:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Navy ships are helping patrol the international waters off Yemen to try to recapture al Qaeda prison escapees if they try to flee by sea, the Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday.

Notice how the people who are shocked -- shocked! -- that someone leaked the illegal wiretap story, claiming that it let the bad guys know our methods (which would have been assumed anyway), are quite happy to announce operational details of a plan to catch bad guys?

By Blogger brainhell, at 2/09/2006 10:10 AM  

The problem is a) that Ma Teresa is a secular figure; and b) that any picture, sculpture, etc. of Mohammed is blasphemy. (20 years ago, there was a movie about him, but instead of being portrayed by an actor, the Prophet was invisible.) Even a Virgin Mary bun would flunk test (b) -- she's the subject of half of Western art.

By Blogger Dr. Limerick, at 2/09/2006 11:09 AM  

http://www.einterface.net/gamini/miracleislam.html

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2006 12:00 PM  

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