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Not all Turks are Muslims: Daily Mail and bigots twist Stars Wars Lego race row to target Islam

by | 24th, January 2013

ISLAMISTS are a rigid bunch. They don’t do angles. As such, they are ideally suited to becoming Lego figures or playing parts of reticulated Stormtroopers in Star Wars . And that’s good. Men like Lego. They like Star Wars . And front-line Islamists are always men. Lock Al-Qaeda in a room for a week, chuck in some Lego and Darth Vader masks and you’d have world peace, right there.

So. To Austria, where local men have been enjoying Lego and Star Wars. But egads! a problem. A Turkish group says that Jabba’s Palace (£119.99)  looks too much like Istanbul’s  Hagia Sophia mosque . Reactionary voices identify that as a Muslim matter. The Atlas Shrugs website screams:

#MYJIHAD IN AUSTRIA: MUSLIMS DEFAME LEGO WITH ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM OVER STAR WARS TOY SET

It’s those nutty Muslims again. But is it?

The story is based on a  statement from the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria. It  declares :

LEGO: EDUCATIONAL EXPLOSIVES FOR CHILDREN?

The TCC adds:

 “It is apparent that, for the figure of the repulsive bad guy Jabba and the whole scenery, racial prejudices and hidden suggestions against Orientals and Asians were used as deceitful and criminal personalities.”

Adding:

“Combination of temple building and bunker facilities where shots are fired cannot be appropriate for children between 9 and 14 years old. One would expect more empathy and responsibility from a manufacturer of toys that has produced toys and models that are good for teaching for decades.”

Lego repsonds thus:

“The Lego Star Wars product Jabba’s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque. The Lego mini-figures are all modelled on characters from the movie. We regret that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to come to a wrong interpretation, but point out that when designing the product only the fictional content of the Star Wars saga were referred to.”

Factoid: Hagia Sophia, is a former Orthodox Christian basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul.

The story is about one dad who saw the weaponry. He

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