Iran Renames Danish Pastries

Iranian bakers have renamed Danish pastries Roses of the Prophet Muhammad to protest the printing of cartoon images of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

Iranians love Danish pastries, but when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery they now have to ask for “Roses of the Prophet Muhammad.” Bakeries across the capital were covering up their ads for Danish pastries Thursday after the confectioners’ union ordered the name change in retaliation for caricatures of the Muslim prophet published in a Danish newspaper.

“Given the insults by Danish newspapers against the prophet, as of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to ‘Rose of Muhammad’ pastries,” the union said in its order. “This is a punishment for those who started misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam,” said Ahmad Mahmoudi, a cake shop owner in northern Tehran.

One of Tehran’s most popular bakeries, “Danish Pastries,” covered up the word “Danish” on its sign with a black banner emblazoned “Oh Hussein,” a reference to a martyred saint of Shiite Islam. The banner is a traditional sign of mourning.

While this is about as dumb as renaming French fries “freedom fries,” it is somewhat amusing. And certainly preferable to mass mayhem.

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Comments

  1. LJD says:

    Is it not a serious offense to EAT ‘the prophet mohammed’?