The controversial birthday greeting card depicting a hijab-wearing doll as a suicide bomber (Image source: CAIR-Chicago's chicagomonitor.com)
A birthday greeting card found in a Chicago novelty shop has the Council on American-Islamic Relations fuming because of its implication that a hijab-wearing doll is a suicide bomber.
The front of the card shows a doll wearing a pink and blue dress and a pink Muslim headscarf with the words, "Pull string for message if you dare!" and "she'll love you to death! She'll blow your brains out!"
The birthday message inside reads, "Hope your birthday is a BLOW OUT!"
The Jordan-based website Albawaba reports: "It appears that the birthday card is based on an actual doll, marketed to girls in the Arab world. The Aamina Muslim doll speaks Arabic phrases when the string in her back is pulled."
According to CAIR, the birthday card is manufactured by NobleWorks Inc., whose website features multiple raunchy and expletive-filled greeting cards, including ones that might be considered offensive to devout Christians.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR's Chicago office, is not amused by the hijab doll birthday card, which he characterizes as "bigoted."
"We missed the humor," he wrote in a post for CAIR Chicago's blog, the Chicago Monitor. "The unmistakable message behind the 'humor' is that even the most peaceful looking Muslims are synonymous and exchangeable with terrorists."
"Islamophobic generalizations and negative stereotypes often hit those who are most visibly perceived as Muslim, and women wearing the Hijab are often the group hit the hardest," Rehab wrote.
Rehab told Chicago station WGN, "It basically correlates Muslims and terrorism."
"There's nothing about that doll, other than that she's a Muslim, that caused the makers of the card to think it was funny to put blurbs on the box of the doll to say, 'Let me blow you up!,' 'Let me love you to death,'" he added.
NobleWorks could not be reached for comment over the weekend, but the company's president and creative director Ron Kanfi shared some of their philosophy on their website:
Political humor, religion and current events are among the themes to which NobleWorks gives a sick, provocative and sometimes controversial spin. In fact, our other slogan is "Dare to Laugh." I can only imagine folks and friends, who receive or read our cards, can help but wonder as to whether 'laughing' is the appropriate thing to do. But as our moto goes: "F*** 'em if they can't take a joke!" (did I mention we love using the F word wherever possible? F*** yeah!
Among the greeting cards referencing Christians, one featured on NobleWorks' website shows the pope saying, "I can see you masturbating. You show me yours, I'll show you mine!"
Another card on the site shows an image spoofing presumably the Catholic Saint Jude who holds drug paraphernalia with the caption: "Saint Dude: Patron Saint of Lost Brain Cells."
Yet another card depicts a female Catholic-attired figure named "St. Bitch the Fierce. Our Lady of Shameless Sass," and another shows a female saint-like figure with a cross above her head called "St. Coochie Galore, Our Lady of Sacred Sluts." The punchline inside reads, "Hail Mary full of grace, may someone hot sit on your face."
As for the poke at Islam, female suicide bombers are not unheard of: While the majority of suicide bombers in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere have been men, there have also been documented cases of radical Islamist women strapping on explosive belts to target innocent men, women and children, including in Chechnya, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
The greeting card company used not only a female image but also the image of a child in the form of the doll. Palestinian terror groups and their supporters have glorified terror to children, as in a photo seen on the official Facebook page of Fatah in Lebanon, which TheBlaze reported on last year. As seen above, a Palestinian mother fits a device meant to appear as a suicide belt on her young son.