the unclean canine is offensive to Muslims. are there any "clean" animals in the natural world?
having silly dogmatic (pun intended) beliefs is well within their rights, but when it starts to infringe on how the rest of us live our lives, then a line has been crossed. when bomb sniffing, drug sniffing, and seeing eye dogs are not allowed to come in contact with someone because of their religion then their beliefs become a problem. it is not us who should have to adapt, it is them.
i wouldn't think that this should be a big issue, but in the name of religious freedom, it seems that non-muslims are kowtowing.
I wouldn't cut any muslim who couldn't deal with a trained animal, whether dog, cat, or aardvark, for one instant. I've seen what those animals can do, dogs particularly, how they perform, what they accomplish, and what they mean to the humans they serve, especially in the military. If a muslim who thinks dogs are haram doesn't want to associate with such animals, they may be within their rights. However, they'd be well advised to consider other muslims who may owe their lives to the performance of such animals.
Do you think I can train an aardvark to lead me when I lose my vision - I love the image of a service aardvark.
But discriminating against the blind is especially heinous. I would go the other direction -put signs on the buses stating service dogs are welcome, and that people who oppose them are free to set up their own dog-free transportation if they so desire, just not at the expense of the rest of society.
So, I suppose if they are drowning they will refuse the aid of a rescue dog?
Then let them drown!
Time to start a new religion, "The Church of Fido", in which all adherents are accompanied at all times by their spiritual canine companion. Canines lead humans to a better place, full of tennis balls and squeaky toys. Separation of a human from their cani-saint is tanamount to refusal of their religious freedom and more, a sacrilege. The COF objects strenuously to interference into the bond between human and dog.
"Dog is my companion, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he loves for me to rubbeth his belly.
He restoreth my soul: he waggeth his tail.
He leadeth me in the paths of squirrels for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy collar and thy leash they comfort me.
Thou fetchest a tennis ball before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with doggie slobber; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of my buddy Fido for ever.
I'll join Sentient Biped! I believe!!! :)
I will dwell in the house of my buddy Fido for ever.
So ... yer in the dog house, eh? What did you do NOW?!? [grin!] By the way ... NEAT WOOF!
i've said for years that my next dog will be named Fido.
My house IS the dog house. But he welcomes me home every day. Might be because I bring a chew treat, every day. But I think it's more than that.
Fido is a great name for a dog. Supposedly, Fido is latin for "I am faithful." Although I can't find Fido in the online translator. Abraham Lincoln is said to have named his dog Fido.
My first dog friend was Fido. I was a groomer, but had never met a Fido. I found him on the street. Because I had my own grooming shop, we could both go to work together. Yes, Fido means faithful.