"Rebel" poses for police adPolice in the Scottish town of Tayside apologized to Muslims earlier this week after some complained that a postcard featuring the force's new Police Dog "Rebel" was offensive to Muslims.
Postcards were distributed in the town with Rebel's picture to publicize a new telephone number for non-emergency calls. Some Muslim shopkeepers refused to display the card, insisting that dogs were unclean and that even a photo of a cute puppy would be offensive.
The Tayside Police are very proud of their new pup as evidenced by his own page on their web site. Despite the views of Osama Saeed, chief executive of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation (SIF), who said "There isn't any Islamic basis for taking issue with a simple picture of a little puppy," the Police felt they had no choice but to withdraw the card and apologize.
This is just another case of where radical Muslims are able to intimidate local authorities into observing an extreme version of Sharia, or Muslim law, by default. We've seen the same thing in the United States where women who joined a gym later demanded it ban men at certain hours, or other Muslims demand footwashing stations in airports, or the case of taxi drivers in Minnesota refusing to pick up passengers with liquor or dogs.
Sensitivity is one thing. But appeasement to extremist views of Islam only invites further calls for more appeasement.