A demonstration has been held in south- east Afghanistan accusing US troops of insulting Islam after they distributed footballs bearing the name of Allah.
The balls showed the Saudi Arabian flag which features the Koranic declaration of faith.
The US military said the idea had been to give something for Afghan children to enjoy and they did not realise it would cause offence.
A spokeswoman for the US forces in Afghanistan said they made “significant efforts to work with local leaders, mullahs and elders to respect their culture” and distributing the footballs was an effort to give a gift the Afghan children would enjoy.
“Unfortunately,” she added, “there was something on those footballs we didn’t immediately understand to be offensive and we regret that as we do not want to offend.”
BBC News: Anger over ‘blasphemous’ balls
After getting over how funny I find the article’s title, I was disgusted. They couldn’t just say, ‘We appreciate the giving intent, but unfortunately we find one detail offensive and we won’t allow our children to use them’. Nope, gotta get up-in-arms, protest and make paranoid accusations.
Really, if the US wanted to piss off Muslims by purposely giving children blatantly offensive material, there are other simpler ways to go about it. They could’ve put a Mohammad cartoon on it, for instance.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 · 6:01pm