In Islamic law, representational imagery (portraits, etc) is considered idolatry, and is banned in many regions (remember the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan? They weren't targeted only for their having been Buddhas, but for being images. Movies were banned. Posters. Murals. Postcards. Neckties. Samplers. Stained glass windows, tattoos, anything -- more, more, I'm still not satisfied... oh. Sorry). And, in this OregonLive.com article brought to my attention via this afternoon's Best of the Web Today, it seems that high school advertisers are following suit.
John Lee, an American citizen born in Korea, has used his own image on the logo for his restaurant, but the editors of the newspaper for Sunset High School in Beaverton, OR, says Mr. Lee's image stereotypes Asians and, as the Oregonian reports, "negatively portrays members of a minority group." They will not run the ads unless the logo is changed or removed.
Dang! Self-portraiture is offensive! I can understand that in my own case -- mine is not a mug to be trifled with -- but this is just plain silly.
D'ya think Mohammed would be proud of these kids?