Thursday, June 16, 2005

No Graven Images

Minelli, a French shoe manufacturer, has yanked a line of shoes off the market which featured an image of Lord Ram which was offensive to Hindus. Various Hindu organizations worldwide had called for a boycot of French products, including Air France, in return for the slight. Some Hindus are insisting on continuing the boycot because Minelli has not yet apologized. That got me to thinking about another religion, a religion of peace, whose practitioners are really really touchy about how their prophet is portrayed. However, based on the sixth century likeness that you see pictured above, I don't think you will see this likeness on a pair of shoes, unless it be on the bottom of the soles.

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