A UK kids cartoon is causing a stir after somebody discovered a character abued a page of the Qur’an:
An episode of the British cartoon show “Fireman Sam” has been removed from circulation this week after a character on the show appeared to trip over a page from the Koran, Islam’s holy book, causing a public outcry.
The episode was first broadcast in October 2014 on Channel 5, according to the BBC, but because the piece of paper covered in Arabic text appears on screen very briefly, many people didn’t appear to notice what it was until very recently. However, a quick Twitter search indicates that some saw it as early as 2015.
The controversial scene comes a few minutes into an episode of the children’s TV show, with one of the cartoon characters slipping on a piece of paper. As the fireman falls to the ground, pieces of paper fly in the air — one of them from the Koran.
The Washington Post has the video, and a few paragraphs of advice:
Muslims revere the Koran. The holy book is the primary source of both spiritual and life guidance used by 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. As in all Abrahamic religions, there is a tradition in Islam of handling scriptures and holy books with proper etiquette and respect.
There are general rules that Muslims must follow while handling the Koran. It is widely known that the Koran should never be placed on the floor because it is considered disrespectful. That is why many people were confused and surprised to see a cartoon character apparently slipping on a page from the Koran.
The controversy comes at a time of rising anti-Muslim sentiment. As my colleague Adam Taylor has written, a recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that unfavorable views of Muslims living in Europe have increased this year and organizations in Britain have reported an uptick in hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims.
There’s so much between these lines. My main takeaway is that an uptick in hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims apparently takes place in a total vacuum. And cartoons are real.
Violence against anyone, and disrespect against any religion…all wrong.