Café apologises after Ramadan jokes sparks outrage

Ramadan joke café apologises

Ramadan joke café apologises

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AN “ILL-THOUGHT-OUT” joke sparked outcry on social media.

Nordic Coffee Collective posted a picture of its sandwich board featuring a pun on the word “Ramadan”.

The Brighton cafe landed in hot water with some social media users who branded the joke “insensitive”, “offensive”, in “bad taste”, “bigoted” and “not cool”.

The inflammatory pun read: “Two Muslims have crashed into the Thames Barrier in London. Police think it might be the start of Ram-a-dam.”

The coffee shop, which is known for posting jokes and off-beat humour on its sandwich boards, promptly removed the message and posted an apology.

Representatives of the cafe said: “We are not in the business to offend anyone so we have removed it. We are very sorry if anyone took offence, it was just a pun on the word Ramadan.”

They added that they “really do not want to upset anyone”.

Some users did not consider the post offensive.

One tweeted: “I honestly do not see the problem with making a pun of the name of a religious holiday.” Another posted: “That is funny.”

A third user said: “We used to be able to laugh at ourselves and other cultures.

“It does not have to be viewed as racist or bigoted, but typical of the current age where everything is considered wrong and offence taken continually by all. What a shame.”

Tariq Jung, chairman of the Brighton and Hove Muslim Forum, said that while he did not consider the post “Islamaphobic” he did consider it “ill thought”.

He said: “I think if they understood the importance of Ramadan to Muslims they may well not have done this. I think it was ill-thought-out and I think people sometimes do things because they do not understand the connotations and they consider it trivial.

“Free speech is welcome but there is a limit to what you can say or do to hurt people.

“Muslims may well be very upset and I congratulate the cafe for removing it – this is wise and just. It was just a genuine mistake – not an Islamaphobic statement.”

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6:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I thought the phrase Nordic Coffee Coffee collective was funnier sounds like a knitwear wearing drumming group.
I thought the phrase Nordic Coffee Coffee collective was funnier sounds like a knitwear wearing drumming group. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 17

6:59am Fri 25 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

I think the 'joke' is only vaguely funny at most. Hardly worth the chalk - let alone the distress it caused.

Nordic Coffee Collective - a place not to go to, methinks!
I think the 'joke' is only vaguely funny at most. Hardly worth the chalk - let alone the distress it caused. Nordic Coffee Collective - a place not to go to, methinks! Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -178

7:12am Fri 25 Jul 14

homewood says...

Play on words and a joke. Although with the rise of Islamist terrorism around the world effecting numerous countries, it is possible some people might have initially thought it wasn't a joke.
Play on words and a joke. Although with the rise of Islamist terrorism around the world effecting numerous countries, it is possible some people might have initially thought it wasn't a joke. homewood
  • Score: 69

7:19am Fri 25 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

homewood wrote:
Play on words and a joke. Although with the rise of Islamist terrorism around the world effecting numerous countries, it is possible some people might have initially thought it wasn't a joke.
affecting not effecting...
[quote][p][bold]homewood[/bold] wrote: Play on words and a joke. Although with the rise of Islamist terrorism around the world effecting numerous countries, it is possible some people might have initially thought it wasn't a joke.[/p][/quote]affecting not effecting... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -23

7:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.
Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 88

7:49am Fri 25 Jul 14

s&k says...

No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet.
No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet. s&k
  • Score: 64

7:52am Fri 25 Jul 14

John Steed says...

lighten up you over PC people, its a play on words, its been going on since the beginning of time, and is insulting nobody. my Islamic friends think its hilarious
lighten up you over PC people, its a play on words, its been going on since the beginning of time, and is insulting nobody. my Islamic friends think its hilarious John Steed
  • Score: 149

8:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

JHunty says...

John Steed wrote:
lighten up you over PC people, its a play on words, its been going on since the beginning of time, and is insulting nobody. my Islamic friends think its hilarious
Yeah like any of us who are sad enough to post on here have friends in the real world!
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: lighten up you over PC people, its a play on words, its been going on since the beginning of time, and is insulting nobody. my Islamic friends think its hilarious[/p][/quote]Yeah like any of us who are sad enough to post on here have friends in the real world! JHunty
  • Score: 27

8:09am Fri 25 Jul 14

Pounce says...

For Pete's sake what is wrong with this country.
Its a joke and designed to offer a laugh. So many people find offence nowadays in the slightest thing, its as if there's an whole industry designed to suck all the air out of any room becasue of this , that or the other. Bad taste some say. I'll tell you what's bad taste. Allowing these PC idiots to control our lives.
P.S
I'm brown skinned, parents from India and have an Islamic name and I found it funny.
For Pete's sake what is wrong with this country. Its a joke and designed to offer a laugh. So many people find offence nowadays in the slightest thing, its as if there's an whole industry designed to suck all the air out of any room becasue of this , that or the other. Bad taste some say. I'll tell you what's bad taste. Allowing these PC idiots to control our lives. P.S I'm brown skinned, parents from India and have an Islamic name and I found it funny. Pounce
  • Score: 149

8:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Pounce wrote:
For Pete's sake what is wrong with this country.
Its a joke and designed to offer a laugh. So many people find offence nowadays in the slightest thing, its as if there's an whole industry designed to suck all the air out of any room becasue of this , that or the other. Bad taste some say. I'll tell you what's bad taste. Allowing these PC idiots to control our lives.
P.S
I'm brown skinned, parents from India and have an Islamic name and I found it funny.
Just because you're 'brown skinned / have an Islamic name" doesn't mean you have the final veto in cases like this. Don't you get it? - true democracy is when we all have an equal stake in agreeing what is acceptable or not.
[quote][p][bold]Pounce[/bold] wrote: For Pete's sake what is wrong with this country. Its a joke and designed to offer a laugh. So many people find offence nowadays in the slightest thing, its as if there's an whole industry designed to suck all the air out of any room becasue of this , that or the other. Bad taste some say. I'll tell you what's bad taste. Allowing these PC idiots to control our lives. P.S I'm brown skinned, parents from India and have an Islamic name and I found it funny.[/p][/quote]Just because you're 'brown skinned / have an Islamic name" doesn't mean you have the final veto in cases like this. Don't you get it? - true democracy is when we all have an equal stake in agreeing what is acceptable or not. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -137

8:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

Nonaspe says...

Can't they read? Ram a dam has the letter m at the end. What festival could that be?

Oh, and I thought it was very funny
Can't they read? Ram a dam has the letter m at the end. What festival could that be? Oh, and I thought it was very funny Nonaspe
  • Score: 72

8:34am Fri 25 Jul 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam
The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 130

8:34am Fri 25 Jul 14

Skidrow says...

So shall we have a vote evey time to see whether something is acceptable or not?
So shall we have a vote evey time to see whether something is acceptable or not? Skidrow
  • Score: 60

8:41am Fri 25 Jul 14

BURIRAM says...

Bit of a Rama dama ding dong
Bit of a Rama dama ding dong BURIRAM
  • Score: 100

8:42am Fri 25 Jul 14

inmegarden says...

The only thing I find offensive is ...COLD MILKY COFFEE...£3 !!
The only thing I find offensive is ...COLD MILKY COFFEE...£3 !! inmegarden
  • Score: 83

8:44am Fri 25 Jul 14

tykemison says...

Skidrow wrote:
So shall we have a vote evey time to see whether something is acceptable or not?
Skidrow, firstly, we must set up an independent committee of our Close family, friends, donaters,bankers and business bribers(sorry, associates), then we shall stay in a luxury hotel at the tax-payers expense for two weeks, fine dining til we can fail to make a decision and keep the status quo.....and you will like it...a lot as I am a great spokesma...sorry, Prime Minister.
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: So shall we have a vote evey time to see whether something is acceptable or not?[/p][/quote]Skidrow, firstly, we must set up an independent committee of our Close family, friends, donaters,bankers and business bribers(sorry, associates), then we shall stay in a luxury hotel at the tax-payers expense for two weeks, fine dining til we can fail to make a decision and keep the status quo.....and you will like it...a lot as I am a great spokesma...sorry, Prime Minister. tykemison
  • Score: 54

8:54am Fri 25 Jul 14

straightasadye says...

My Islamic cloakroom attendant friend Mahat Mahcoat - he found it amusing.
My Islamic cloakroom attendant friend Mahat Mahcoat - he found it amusing. straightasadye
  • Score: 86

8:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

Mart says...

Can I just say that I am OUTRAGED by this OUTRAGE, and to anybody that hasn't yet seen this disgusting OUTRAGE I am also extremely OUTRAGED but on their behalf.

Outraged of Hove.
Can I just say that I am OUTRAGED by this OUTRAGE, and to anybody that hasn't yet seen this disgusting OUTRAGE I am also extremely OUTRAGED but on their behalf. Outraged of Hove. Mart
  • Score: 69

9:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

Morpheus says...

This is mild compared to the jokes going round the internet.
This is mild compared to the jokes going round the internet. Morpheus
  • Score: 27

9:10am Fri 25 Jul 14

JHunty says...

Its a sad day when neither Stevo!! not his sock puppet account can be bothered to be outraged. Too busy bombing Palestinians I suppose
Its a sad day when neither Stevo!! not his sock puppet account can be bothered to be outraged. Too busy bombing Palestinians I suppose JHunty
  • Score: -23

9:19am Fri 25 Jul 14

college says...

s&k wrote:
No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet.
You wouldn't want to put money on that would you? the uber PC brigade are trying their best to make it one, bet there's a bill going through somewhere in Brussels that say's it is and we're going to have to bow down to it soon enough.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet.[/p][/quote]You wouldn't want to put money on that would you? the uber PC brigade are trying their best to make it one, bet there's a bill going through somewhere in Brussels that say's it is and we're going to have to bow down to it soon enough. college
  • Score: 18

9:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

homewood says...

Jhunty perhaps you could give your extremely prejudiced and nasty opinions a rest for a while !
Jhunty perhaps you could give your extremely prejudiced and nasty opinions a rest for a while ! homewood
  • Score: 5

9:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

DGee says...

What on earth is this country coming to? This is England, if we want to write amusing items on chalkboards outside our english eateries then so be it. How can this be deemed offensive? it's a joke for goodness sake.
What on earth is this country coming to? This is England, if we want to write amusing items on chalkboards outside our english eateries then so be it. How can this be deemed offensive? it's a joke for goodness sake. DGee
  • Score: 77

10:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

Skidrow says...

How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig?
Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters.

Same genre, anyone offended?
How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig? Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters. Same genre, anyone offended? Skidrow
  • Score: 48

10:17am Fri 25 Jul 14

hubby says...

Much better than some of the things I have seen scrawled on the placards of Muslim protesters suggesting all kinds of things that should happen to our soldiers.
Much better than some of the things I have seen scrawled on the placards of Muslim protesters suggesting all kinds of things that should happen to our soldiers. hubby
  • Score: 83

11:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

her professional says...

Skidrow wrote:
How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig?
Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters.

Same genre, anyone offended?
Crass
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig? Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters. Same genre, anyone offended?[/p][/quote]Crass her professional
  • Score: -29

11:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

Cave Johnson says...

I tell you what i don't find funny. Stoning women to death, homophobia, forced genital mutilation, murdering children because they are a different religion. I could go on.
I tell you what i don't find funny. Stoning women to death, homophobia, forced genital mutilation, murdering children because they are a different religion. I could go on. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 80

11:21am Fri 25 Jul 14

her professional says...

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam
Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?
[quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam[/p][/quote]Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it? her professional
  • Score: -36

11:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

tykemison says...

Curious as to why my comment about Tariq Jung and how tolerant his ancestral home is being removed, sums it up really, to many precious people everywhere who cannot accept facts.
Curious as to why my comment about Tariq Jung and how tolerant his ancestral home is being removed, sums it up really, to many precious people everywhere who cannot accept facts. tykemison
  • Score: 11

11:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

her professional says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.
Sadly yes there would, imagine if a Muslim owned business had posted up some crappy joke about Christmas. Having said that, a plague on all their houses. Practise whatever superstition or worship whatever supernatural being you like, but don't expect the rest of us to tiptoe round you.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.[/p][/quote]Sadly yes there would, imagine if a Muslim owned business had posted up some crappy joke about Christmas. Having said that, a plague on all their houses. Practise whatever superstition or worship whatever supernatural being you like, but don't expect the rest of us to tiptoe round you. her professional
  • Score: 11

11:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Wait till they all move down to Brighton now London's full, then we'll see if its funny or not.
Wait till they all move down to Brighton now London's full, then we'll see if its funny or not. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 19

11:35am Fri 25 Jul 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

her professional wrote:
Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam
Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?
Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote)
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam[/p][/quote]Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?[/p][/quote]Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote) Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 14

12:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Old Ale Man says...

Its now the scouseres that are having to bear the brunt of jokes, as it doesn't count as being racist or homophobic, YET!!!
Its now the scouseres that are having to bear the brunt of jokes, as it doesn't count as being racist or homophobic, YET!!! Old Ale Man
  • Score: 7

12:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

I find it odd that this caused offence. Because in my opinion I always find muslims so warm and able to laugh at anything about their religion. I find their whole lifestyle built around fun and frollicking and they are possibly the most tolerant people I can mention - especially about homosexuality and women in general. They are also a lot kinder to animals in the way they slice their necks open without stunning first.

So why would such a loving and liberated religion find this disrespectful?

It's beyond me.
I find it odd that this caused offence. Because in my opinion I always find muslims so warm and able to laugh at anything about their religion. I find their whole lifestyle built around fun and frollicking and they are possibly the most tolerant people I can mention - especially about homosexuality and women in general. They are also a lot kinder to animals in the way they slice their necks open without stunning first. So why would such a loving and liberated religion find this disrespectful? It's beyond me. NathanAdler
  • Score: 43

12:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

tykemison says...

NathanAdler wrote:
I find it odd that this caused offence. Because in my opinion I always find muslims so warm and able to laugh at anything about their religion. I find their whole lifestyle built around fun and frollicking and they are possibly the most tolerant people I can mention - especially about homosexuality and women in general. They are also a lot kinder to animals in the way they slice their necks open without stunning first.

So why would such a loving and liberated religion find this disrespectful?

It's beyond me.
I hope your being sarcastic Nathan!! Either that or you have mis-placed your medication! !
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: I find it odd that this caused offence. Because in my opinion I always find muslims so warm and able to laugh at anything about their religion. I find their whole lifestyle built around fun and frollicking and they are possibly the most tolerant people I can mention - especially about homosexuality and women in general. They are also a lot kinder to animals in the way they slice their necks open without stunning first. So why would such a loving and liberated religion find this disrespectful? It's beyond me.[/p][/quote]I hope your being sarcastic Nathan!! Either that or you have mis-placed your medication! ! tykemison
  • Score: -4

12:44pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Binnybanny says...

There are worse things happening in this world, perhaps we should be focusing on them. A bit of word play didn't harm anyone, but missiles being fired at innocent people do.

Count yourself lucky you're sat in a warm home with a cup of tea and not in a field with your limbs missing.

Perspective????
There are worse things happening in this world, perhaps we should be focusing on them. A bit of word play didn't harm anyone, but missiles being fired at innocent people do. Count yourself lucky you're sat in a warm home with a cup of tea and not in a field with your limbs missing. Perspective???? Binnybanny
  • Score: 16

1:12pm Fri 25 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

Oh get a sense of humour you muslims.
Oh get a sense of humour you muslims. FatherTed11
  • Score: 19

1:23pm Fri 25 Jul 14

her professional says...

college wrote:
s&k wrote:
No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet.
You wouldn't want to put money on that would you? the uber PC brigade are trying their best to make it one, bet there's a bill going through somewhere in Brussels that say's it is and we're going to have to bow down to it soon enough.
No they aren't and no there isn't.
[quote][p][bold]college[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: No, not funny but remember humour is not a thought-crime. Yet.[/p][/quote]You wouldn't want to put money on that would you? the uber PC brigade are trying their best to make it one, bet there's a bill going through somewhere in Brussels that say's it is and we're going to have to bow down to it soon enough.[/p][/quote]No they aren't and no there isn't. her professional
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Why can't we have a laugh at muslims expense, they are laughing at us all the time, in the way that we all have to alter so as not hurt their way of life.
Why can't we have a laugh at muslims expense, they are laughing at us all the time, in the way that we all have to alter so as not hurt their way of life. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 36

2:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ThinkBrighton says...

We don't want this turning into "A Ranadama Ding Dong" do we
We don't want this turning into "A Ranadama Ding Dong" do we ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 10

3:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
her professional wrote:
Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam
Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?
Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote)
She really drinks 6 pints a night?

Finally a Green councillor I have respect for!
[quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam[/p][/quote]Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?[/p][/quote]Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote)[/p][/quote]She really drinks 6 pints a night? Finally a Green councillor I have respect for! Quiterie
  • Score: 5

3:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

her professional says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
Why can't we have a laugh at muslims expense, they are laughing at us all the time, in the way that we all have to alter so as not hurt their way of life.
How precisely have you had to make changes to your life to suit Muslims?
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: Why can't we have a laugh at muslims expense, they are laughing at us all the time, in the way that we all have to alter so as not hurt their way of life.[/p][/quote]How precisely have you had to make changes to your life to suit Muslims? her professional
  • Score: -26

4:21pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

Quiterie wrote:
Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
her professional wrote:
Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) wrote:
The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam
Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?
Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote)
She really drinks 6 pints a night?

Finally a Green councillor I have respect for!
Contributors to the Argus message forums have reported that she has, on many occasions, been seen in Hove in a 'tired and emotional' state, shouting, screaming and swearing at her boyfriend Tom Druitt during the early hours of the morning
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)[/bold] wrote: The funniest thing about all this is not the joke, but seeing all the bed-wetting, über-Politically Correct, white, middle-class Green voters howling in outrage at this hideous slur against Islam[/p][/quote]Not quite as funny as your knee jerk auto-pilot reaction to the story. No howls of outrage, just some people thinking it's insensitive. What have Greens got to do with it?[/p][/quote]Green Councillor Alex '6 pints a night' Phillips is already screaming blue-murder about this wicked, evil affront to (quote) "the beautiful religion of peace, tolerance and understanding" (unquote)[/p][/quote]She really drinks 6 pints a night? Finally a Green councillor I have respect for![/p][/quote]Contributors to the Argus message forums have reported that she has, on many occasions, been seen in Hove in a 'tired and emotional' state, shouting, screaming and swearing at her boyfriend Tom Druitt during the early hours of the morning Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Falmer Wizard says...

We have joked about the Royal family and all forms of religion throughout the ages I cant see us changing for any group,so get used to it or ignore it,Simple!
We have joked about the Royal family and all forms of religion throughout the ages I cant see us changing for any group,so get used to it or ignore it,Simple! Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 17

4:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

woodie49 says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.
Of course not.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.[/p][/quote]Of course not. woodie49
  • Score: 10

4:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

jonsyl says...

wake up and get a life you poor sentitive people.You live in england so expect to get ENGLISH HUMOUR.
If you don't like it go and live somewhere else.
wake up and get a life you poor sentitive people.You live in england so expect to get ENGLISH HUMOUR. If you don't like it go and live somewhere else. jonsyl
  • Score: 30

4:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

People take offence as weapon of suppression. High time these different cultures learnt and understood the phrase 'Laugh and the world with you!' I'm heartedly sick of their intolerance of our humour.
People take offence as weapon of suppression. High time these different cultures learnt and understood the phrase 'Laugh and the world with you!' I'm heartedly sick of their intolerance of our humour. Sir Prised
  • Score: 19

4:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

76robmac says...

Would there be such an out cry if it was a Christian joke.I think not,get a life
Would there be such an out cry if it was a Christian joke.I think not,get a life 76robmac
  • Score: 16

5:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

The Real Curious George says...

....i wonder how many of the complainants were actually muslims... probably none, although they do tend to take themselves too seriously. All of the time...
And I still want to know where are the moderate muslims while all these atrocities are being committed worldwide in the name of Islam? Why are they not out on the streets protesting on a global scale? Now that concerns me...
....i wonder how many of the complainants were actually muslims... probably none, although they do tend to take themselves too seriously. All of the time... And I still want to know where are the moderate muslims while all these atrocities are being committed worldwide in the name of Islam? Why are they not out on the streets protesting on a global scale? Now that concerns me... The Real Curious George
  • Score: 15

5:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

TROY44 says...

No laughing in England any more.
No ball games
Just the political correct army everyday.
No laughing in England any more. No ball games Just the political correct army everyday. TROY44
  • Score: 8

5:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Skidrow says...

her professional wrote:
Skidrow wrote:
How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig?
Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters.

Same genre, anyone offended?
Crass
and for that magnificent effort you got -8 and counting backwards. well done.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig? Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters. Same genre, anyone offended?[/p][/quote]Crass[/p][/quote]and for that magnificent effort you got -8 and counting backwards. well done. Skidrow
  • Score: 9

5:40pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Skidrow says...

put your pcness away! fnarr fnarr
put your pcness away! fnarr fnarr Skidrow
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

BiggerH says...

well I found the joke offensive as some of my best blacks are Jewish
well I found the joke offensive as some of my best blacks are Jewish BiggerH
  • Score: 7

6:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

You can't buy this kind of publicity.
You can't buy this kind of publicity. JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -4

12:32am Sat 26 Jul 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Religions collapse under the weight of their own internal inconsistencies soon after they are fabricated.
The dinosaurs were able to laugh at that pterodactyl flying into a tree joke...which bought them an extra 200 million years.
Humanity is not going to make 80,000.
A couple of kind words and deeds most days - with an altruistic approach - might buy a bit more time...but some sky pixies say no, apparently.
Religions collapse under the weight of their own internal inconsistencies soon after they are fabricated. The dinosaurs were able to laugh at that pterodactyl flying into a tree joke...which bought them an extra 200 million years. Humanity is not going to make 80,000. A couple of kind words and deeds most days - with an altruistic approach - might buy a bit more time...but some sky pixies say no, apparently. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 1

10:38am Sat 26 Jul 14

Nikski says...

Skidrow wrote:
How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig?
Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters.

Same genre, anyone offended?
Perhaps some Irish people might be offended, and equally some may not.
I am offended by this because it is so unfunny; I might have laughed at this when I was at school back in the day but please, humour has moved on somewhat since the 70's. You obviously have not!
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig? Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters. Same genre, anyone offended?[/p][/quote]Perhaps some Irish people might be offended, and equally some may not. I am offended by this because it is so unfunny; I might have laughed at this when I was at school back in the day but please, humour has moved on somewhat since the 70's. You obviously have not! Nikski
  • Score: -3

11:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

Human resource says...

It,s a Joke you so called liberal Nazi's . If it was about Christians you liberal hypocrites would be offering grants.
It,s a Joke you so called liberal Nazi's . If it was about Christians you liberal hypocrites would be offering grants. Human resource
  • Score: 7

12:05pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Agincourt1415 says...

The name "Nordic Coffee Collective" immediately makes me think they are far right activists in any case. This "pun" is exactly what I would expect from a group with a name like that.
The name "Nordic Coffee Collective" immediately makes me think they are far right activists in any case. This "pun" is exactly what I would expect from a group with a name like that. Agincourt1415
  • Score: -15

12:45pm Sat 26 Jul 14

speakerscorner says...

Thought we have the right to free speech!!! So long as you don't directly offend a creed, colour or race and insight violence.... what is the problem.

If you don't like what is written by the cafe - you have the right not to use it.
Thought we have the right to free speech!!! So long as you don't directly offend a creed, colour or race and insight violence.... what is the problem. If you don't like what is written by the cafe - you have the right not to use it. speakerscorner
  • Score: 10

12:32pm Sun 27 Jul 14

pumpkineater23 says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
I think the 'joke' is only vaguely funny at most. Hardly worth the chalk - let alone the distress it caused.

Nordic Coffee Collective - a place not to go to, methinks!
Your small minded petty attitude is laughable. You even managed to finish your comment with "methinks" - Stick with posting photos of cats on facebook.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: I think the 'joke' is only vaguely funny at most. Hardly worth the chalk - let alone the distress it caused. Nordic Coffee Collective - a place not to go to, methinks![/p][/quote]Your small minded petty attitude is laughable. You even managed to finish your comment with "methinks" - Stick with posting photos of cats on facebook. pumpkineater23
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Sun 27 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

her professional wrote:
hoveguyactually wrote:
Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.
Sadly yes there would, imagine if a Muslim owned business had posted up some crappy joke about Christmas. Having said that, a plague on all their houses. Practise whatever superstition or worship whatever supernatural being you like, but don't expect the rest of us to tiptoe round you.
Hold on! I never said I was religious. You are making an assumption, and a wrong one. My comment is that it seems to be the norm now (not Dame Edna's husband Norm, by the way) that any remark or joke about Islam is immediately pounced up by the PC Brigade as offensive, whereas throughout history there have been jokes about other religions and no one has made any fuss, whether they were funny or not. Why should British culture have to change to accommodate small minded bigots?
By the way, does a joke about islam have to be considered funny for it to be acceptable by the Muslim community?
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Not a funny joke at all, but I do wonder if there had been such an outcry if it had been about Christianity or Judaism.[/p][/quote]Sadly yes there would, imagine if a Muslim owned business had posted up some crappy joke about Christmas. Having said that, a plague on all their houses. Practise whatever superstition or worship whatever supernatural being you like, but don't expect the rest of us to tiptoe round you.[/p][/quote]Hold on! I never said I was religious. You are making an assumption, and a wrong one. My comment is that it seems to be the norm now (not Dame Edna's husband Norm, by the way) that any remark or joke about Islam is immediately pounced up by the PC Brigade as offensive, whereas throughout history there have been jokes about other religions and no one has made any fuss, whether they were funny or not. Why should British culture have to change to accommodate small minded bigots? By the way, does a joke about islam have to be considered funny for it to be acceptable by the Muslim community? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Levent says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
I tell you what i don't find funny. Stoning women to death, homophobia, forced genital mutilation, murdering children because they are a different religion. I could go on.
Anti Islamophobes aren't welcome in Brighton & Hove according to you libs..so take your own medicine for once angry atheist!
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: I tell you what i don't find funny. Stoning women to death, homophobia, forced genital mutilation, murdering children because they are a different religion. I could go on.[/p][/quote]Anti Islamophobes aren't welcome in Brighton & Hove according to you libs..so take your own medicine for once angry atheist! Levent
  • Score: -3

9:17am Mon 4 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Nikski wrote:
Skidrow wrote:
How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig?
Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters.

Same genre, anyone offended?
Perhaps some Irish people might be offended, and equally some may not.
I am offended by this because it is so unfunny; I might have laughed at this when I was at school back in the day but please, humour has moved on somewhat since the 70's. You obviously have not!
So what exactly occurred for you not to find the joke funny?

Socail attitudes, perhaps, or the fact that at some point you became one who decided what is and isn't funny?
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: How do you spot an Irishman on an oil rig? Because he's the one feed ing bread to the helicopters. Same genre, anyone offended?[/p][/quote]Perhaps some Irish people might be offended, and equally some may not. I am offended by this because it is so unfunny; I might have laughed at this when I was at school back in the day but please, humour has moved on somewhat since the 70's. You obviously have not![/p][/quote]So what exactly occurred for you not to find the joke funny? Socail attitudes, perhaps, or the fact that at some point you became one who decided what is and isn't funny? stevo!!
  • Score: 0

9:20am Mon 4 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

The joke was on the police, not on muslims.

I don't see why the cafe was forced to apologise. What for? Potentially offending muslims? Good! They offend me on a daily basis - to whom do I complain?
The joke was on the police, not on muslims. I don't see why the cafe was forced to apologise. What for? Potentially offending muslims? Good! They offend me on a daily basis - to whom do I complain? stevo!!
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Has anyone considered that some muslims might have found the joke funny?
Has anyone considered that some muslims might have found the joke funny? notslimjim
  • Score: 0

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