Saudis to ban letter “X” because it resembles a cross?

posted at 10:33 am on January 15, 2007 by Allahpundit

So says the New York Sun. The article’s already creeping up the charts at Memeorandum.

I had a yellow-badges flashback when I read it so I googled around to see if it’s true. And it is, I guess: the subject of the piece, Amr Mohammad al-Faisal, wrote about the incident for the Arab News…

…more than three years ago, which tends to undercut the Sun’s assertion that this is a “new development.” Also, does the name “al-Faisal” ring any bells? Turns out our friend Amr is no ordinary Saudi; he’s a prince. If he really cared about the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice overreacting to Christian symbolism, surely he could do more to try to rein them in than whine in the pages of the regime’s favorite English-language house organ.

Oh — he’s also been known to threaten Israel in print, so don’t cry too hard for him over that trademark application.


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Bugler on January 15, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Wait, doesn’t “t” look a lot more like a cross than “x”? Silly Muslims can’t even ban the right letter.

JaHerer22 on January 15, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Well, there goes my plane to sell Xylophones in Saudi.

Ooops, I can’t sell X-ray machines there either

BobK on January 15, 2007 at 10:57 AM

Oooop, I meant “Plan” not “Plane”

BobK on January 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM

I guess sex is now out of the question, as is excitement.

CrimsonFisted on January 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM

The “X” looks like St. Andrew’s Cross. This is some sort of slap against Scotland. Scotophobia. Someone tell Galloway.

Coyote D. on January 15, 2007 at 11:02 AM

How about in the city of Quebec, Cananda the word “taxi” is banned because of a French-only law? The thing is the word “taxi” IS a French word. Just that it sounds “too English”.

Kokonut on January 15, 2007 at 11:05 AM

Well, there goes my plane to sell Xylophones in Saudi.

Ooops, I can’t sell X-ray machines there either

You could sell zylophones and eks-ray machines. And CrimsonFisted could still enjoy the eksitement of having seks.

jic on January 15, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Nothing surprising about this. What IS shocking is that liberals haven’t already tried this in America due to it being offensive to Atheists.

Gregor on January 15, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Don’t forget ‘T/t’. Or a capital I in a serif font; can’t be too careful, you know. And hey, that capital Y looks an awful lot like the shape of someone being crucified.

The placard on the Cross said something like IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM, which gives us more letters we can’t use. In the spirit of nuking it from orbit just to be safe, all 23 letters of the alphabet used by the Roman Empire at the time. That leaves J, U, and W, which of course spells JUW, which is obviously just another way to spell JEW. And we can’t have that, either.

Can’t use a plus sign, of course, or a hash (#), because that arguably is in the shape of a cross. Even the minus sign or dash might be considered the transverse beam the condemned man had to carry to the execution site, there to be joined to the upright pole to form the cross (there goes the exclamation point! Better not use the vertical pipe | either, or the number 1). And since Jesus Himself was so worn down from being beaten nearly to death, he was dragging His before the soldiers got Him a proxy. That means no slashes or backslashes, or the percent sign. No >< because they can be combined into… an X.

And a six-pointed asterisk is right out; it looks way too Jewy. So does the number 7; too close to Vav, Dalet, Khaf, and Resh. 9 is a lot like Fe.

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The Monster on January 15, 2007 at 11:11 AM

how will they do math?
Addition, + seems more like a cross to me than an X
Multiplication, will they just spell out multiply instead of using the common x.
And what about algebra? _ multiplied by y =?

Laura02420 on January 15, 2007 at 11:15 AM

There goes the Saudi porno business…

JetBoy on January 15, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Poor Exxon!

caveatviator on January 15, 2007 at 11:26 AM

I guess there goes the treasure maps too….

“Z” marks the spot just don’t work.

csdeven on January 15, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Also in the news is that the Intl Red Cross has introduced the Red Crystal (it’s a diamond) so that Israel can be included.

Let’s see….you’re not supposed to shoot at red crosses or red crescents, but it’s ok to shoot at red stars of David. So we change it to a diamond shape, and the Islamists won’t shoot at them. Riiiight.

TugboatPhil on January 15, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Back in the 1970s a friends mother, who worked for Gulf Oil, was flying to Saudi Arabia. An Arab man was next to her and he asked her to remove her earrings – just plain ol’ diamond studs.

She did without complaint, but she did ask why he wanted her to do that. He replied, “they offend me.”

Why did they offend him? Because the six fingers of the mount reminded him of the Star of David.

So, yeah, this absolutely is not new.

DuffBeer on January 15, 2007 at 12:07 PM

According to Islamic scripture, Jesus will return to earth and destroy all crosses and hunt down and kill all the curly tailed oinking creatures. It seems the Saudis are just trying to make his job easier.

Perchant on January 15, 2007 at 12:12 PM

They totally need to ban A.D. (anno domini/year of our Lord) as well. Okay, so no x’s, t’s, or +’s. How are they suppose to play Wheel of Fortune?

Jesus will return to earth and destroy all crosses and hunt down and kill all the curly tailed oinking creatures.

He’ll return to earth alright but it sure won’t be to go on a bacon hunt.

Mojave Mark on January 15, 2007 at 12:18 PM

She did without complaint, but she did ask why he wanted her to do that. He replied, “they offend me.”

These people gotta learn to take offense. They give enough of it.

CrimsonFisted on January 15, 2007 at 12:19 PM

And these would be our allies. Oy.

honora on January 15, 2007 at 12:22 PM

I guess sex is now out of the question, as is excitement.

CrimsonFisted on January 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Arab world ban both of those a long time ago?

Wolfman on January 15, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Arab world ban both of those a long time ago?

Wolfman on January 15, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Only if they figured out another way to make little Arabs…

honora on January 15, 2007 at 12:35 PM

I say let them rule the planet. Think of all the enlightenment it will bring. The English languague will be reduced to ‘Y’ ‘E’ ‘S’ ‘M’ ‘A’ ‘S’ ‘T’ ‘E’ ‘R’. It will simplfy everyones problem. Sorta like my dog. ‘sit’ ‘stay’ ‘roll over’ ‘sic-em’. And best of all for them is we can’t spell ‘e’ ‘x’ ‘e’ ‘c’ ‘u’ ‘t’ ‘e’.

Maybe we could get this to the DNC so they can make sure it is in the BillaryBama platform.

Limerick on January 15, 2007 at 12:46 PM

How did you react when you found out that [15 of the 19 hijackers] were Saudis?

I was appalled. I was worried that they would be Saudis. … I was worried that they would be Arabs or Muslims. And unfortunately, it turned out to be both. It was very appalling because I could see everything that was going to happen. … I could see that the Americans would go on the rampage and that they would make this an excuse, if you like, to trample over the whole planet.

Well since the Earth is flat, I guess we won’t take as
long. /sarc

how will they do math?
Addition, + seems more like a cross to me than an X
Multiplication, will they just spell out multiply instead of using the common x.
And what about algebra? _ multiplied by y =?

Laura02420 on January 15, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Recent research paints a new picture of the debt that we owe to Arabic/Islamic mathematics. Certainly many of the ideas which were previously thought to have been brilliant new conceptions due to European mathematicians of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are now known to have been developed by Arabic/Islamic mathematicians around four centuries earlier. In many respects the mathematics studied today is far closer in style to that of the Arabic/Islamic contribution than to that of the Greeks.

If they (Saudi’s) want to change thousands of years of history, by all means, let them! An X here, a plus sign, there. No problem! In the end, they wind up looking like the ignorant, uneducated, and truly unenlightened buffoons, they have become.

Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi? Forgetaboutit! He never existed. What did he do? Nothing big really.

Al’Khwarizmi was an Islamic mathematician who wrote on Hindu-Arabic numerals and was among the first to use zero as a place holder in positional base notation. The word algorithm derives from his name. His algebra treatise Hisab al-jabr w’al-muqabala gives us the word algebra and can be considered as the first book to be written on algebra.

kiakjones on January 15, 2007 at 1:03 PM

Wait, doesn’t “t” look a lot more like a cross than “x”? Silly Muslims can’t even ban the right letter.

JaHerer22 on January 15, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Silly rabbi, ri are for kids!
(Silly imam, Islam is for reards!)

RD on January 15, 2007 at 1:52 PM

There goes railroad crossings… on second thought, let them drive into the path of trains, less islamic goons…

retired on January 15, 2007 at 1:53 PM

Back in the 1970s friends mother, who worked for Gulf Oil, was flying to Saudi Arabia. An Arab man was next to her and he asked her to remove her earrings – just plain ol’ diamond studs.

She did without complaint, but she did ask why he wanted her to do that. He replied, “they offend me.”

He was probably exstra cranky because he had to sit in an airplane built in the shape of a cross.

NellE on January 15, 2007 at 2:05 PM

And these would be our allies. Oy.

honora on January 15, 2007 at 12:22 PM

…puts us closer to ‘global consensus’…

Heh, “Your Excellency or Excellence” are out – Oy!

Entelechy on January 15, 2007 at 2:55 PM

He was probably exstra cranky because he had to sit in an airplane built in the shape of a cross.

NellE on January 15, 2007 at 2:05 PM

LOL!!!

honora on January 15, 2007 at 4:16 PM

I roll my eyes every-time I see an arab ambulance with the red crescent. The red cross is an inversion of the swedish flag and has no christian implication. But to musselmen everything is a symbol-and symbolism is everything. That is why the “crescent of embrace” in Shanksville is so heinous-because of the symbolism to them.

Buck Turgidson on January 15, 2007 at 4:51 PM

Because the six fingers of the mount reminded him of the Star of David.

Back in the 70s my dad accepted a job with an oil company in Libya, and we were getting ready to move (wife and kids would have moved to Switzerland) when he got a letter from the Libyan embassy telling him all the things that could not be brought into the country: Levis jeans (Jew!), books by Jewish authors (including the bible), etc. Before that he hadn’t known about Islamic hatred of all things Jewish, and fortunately decided to stay in the US of A. Whew. Close call; I could have grown up to be eurotrash.

Bad Penny on January 15, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Buck, it’s the reverse of the Swiss flag.

Lazarus on January 15, 2007 at 6:10 PM

Since the majority of hijackers on 9/11 came from Saudi, as well as the majority of funding for same, along with things of this sort;

Why do we even keep up the pretense of friendship with those who would destroy us?

Oh, sorry, I forgot – we need (or want) Saudi oil and putting them in their place would be bad for business, wouldn’t it?

I, too, will be surprised if the libs here don’t try the same with the “atheists and children” being offended as well.

As it would force lawyers into court and textbook companies to change their already inaccurate books yet again, that could be good for business.

It might have a chance.

Emmett J. on January 15, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Heathens. Time to drill in ANWR and n— M—-!

Just kidding! Don’t ban me please! :-)

Tony737 on January 16, 2007 at 12:17 AM

Yes Lazarus, of course. If I had looked in my pocket I would have realized it was not a Swedish army knife. I get my secular socialist paradises mixed up.

Buck Turgidson on January 16, 2007 at 12:42 AM

This is old news. The Muslim Neanderthals of Saudi Arabia have saying this kind of stuff for decades, maybe centuries. For example, take a look at the Saudi perspective on soccer rules.

Tantor on January 16, 2007 at 12:43 AM

Wait, doesn’t “t” look a lot more like a cross than “x”? Silly Muslims can’t even ban the right letter.

JaHerer22 on January 15, 2007 at 10:53 AM

No, they are worried about the Rise of the South, so they are banning the St. Andrew’s Cross.

Tim Burton on January 16, 2007 at 1:22 AM

Tim Burton on January 16, 2007 at 1:22 AM

Hi Tim, did you attend the golden globes tonight? I love your movies and you’re surprisingly down to earth in interviews.

Buck Turgidson on January 16, 2007 at 1:46 AM

I just threw up in my mouth about that “Saudi Porno Business” remark.

I’ve been to Saudi…yuck. Those guys love guys.

Black Adam on January 16, 2007 at 4:20 AM