It is hard to believe that the State Department could do this by accident:There is more to the story and it is important. Read the rest from the source. Alec Rawls' "About Me" bio is also an eye opening read. - AW
An Islamic crescent is a very distinct and completely unnatural geometric shape, created the intersection of two circles. This is done on basic religious principle, to make the Islamic crescent distinct from a lunar crescent and from the lit portion of any other globe in orbit around a sun. To take a natural shape like the crescent moon as a religious symbol would risk idolatry (the worship of any actual thing besides God). Thus Muslims use as their symbol a stylized and explicitly unnatural crescent shape.
So why is this unnatural crescent shape being used as an official State Department logo for Obama's Nuclear Security Summit? There is not a Muslim in the world who would miss the symbolism here:
World meeting, called by a United States president who makes a point of reminding the Islamic
world that his middle name is Hussein, presided over by a large Islamic-shaped crescent.
(Photo by Ron Sachs.)
Logos always use stylized shapes, but surely the State Department is aware that this particular stylized crescent shape is the closest thing Islam has to a universal insignia. (Wahabbists reject even the unnatural circle-in-circle crescent shape as idolatrous, making the only truly universal symbols of Islam the Koran, the declaration of faith--recited in the 5 times daily prayers--and the facing of Mecca for prayer, but none of these are graphic symbols.)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is an excerpt from the blog, Error Theory, by Alec Rawls, Tuesday 4/13/2010