RED-faced cops have had to pull an logo for an anti-Islamophobia campaign after it emerged it looked like an ISIS gesture.
Bedfordshire Police began using the logo, which shows a pointing finger, as part of a pro-tolerance scheme to back Islamophobia Awareness Month.
But today, just a day after launching the campaign, the force decided to retract it over fears after dozens took to social media to point out it looked like a gesture used by the murderous terrorist organisation.
Writing on its Facebook page, Bedfordshire Police said: “It has come to our attention the pointing finger logo used to illustrate social media posts around Islamophobia Awareness Month is similar to that used by ISIS.
“The logo was produced by a national organisation and was used in good faith.
“As a consequence and to avoid offence, Bedfordshire Police has deleted these posts and will not tolerate Islamophobia or any other form of hatred or discrimination.”
The logo was produced by the Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) advocacy group.
We would leave it right there and let that sink in, but the Muslim group with the ISIS finger campaign wasn’t done. They defended it.
“We are disappointed that a campaign supported by thousands of British Muslims is being sullied in this way. We would strongly urge Bedfordshire Police to reconsider.”
Let that sink in.
And those are the elusive “moderate” Muslims. More: The meaning of the ISIS hand sign
When ISIS militants hold up a single index finger on their hand, they are alluding to the tawhid, the belief in the oneness of Allah and a key component of the Muslim religion. The tawhid comprises the first half of the shahada, which is an affirmation of faith, one of the five pillars of Islam, and a component of daily prayers: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
When ISIS militants display the sign, to one another or to a photographer, they are actively reaffirming their dedication to that ideology, whose underlying principle demands the destruction of the West. If rank-and-file soldiers are aware of the precise theological implications of their sign — and it would be no surprise if they are — that would be a sobering comment on their deep-seated opposition to pluralism.