2014 Commonwealth Games ‘Disrespectful’ for Using Scottie Dogs

2014 Commonwealth Games

The use of the Scottie dogs in the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony has been branded as “disrespectful” to Muslims around the globe. Dogs are considered “unclean” and cannot be held by people of the faith. However a member of the Malaysian team needed to carry their dog as he refused to walk after his tartan coat was put on.

The Scottie dogs were used as a symbol of Scotland. Each country had their own dog leading them out and each dog wore a tartan coat. It was supposed to show another traditional aspect from the country, and most countries around the world praised the unique decision.

However, some of the Muslim communities have claimed that it was “disrespectful” and that they deserve an apology. The Malaysian community has been extremely vocal about it, considering a team member had to carry the dog out instead of having the dog walk in front. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party believes that the organizers should have been more aware of the religious views and been more accepting of them.

This will likely spark outrage across the Western countries, especially those in the United Kingdom. There have been numerous times when the Islamic states have chosen to be “disrespectful” to Christians and Christian countries around the world, along with other religions.

Some communities would now like an apology for the “disrespectful” use of Scottie dogs in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. These communities believe that it is a sensitive issue that the organizers would have known about beforehand. However, the Games organizers have not had any complaints from officials from the event countries, so have not issued an apology.

Muslims have stepped forward on social media sites making it clear that not all were offended by the use of Scottie dogs. In fact, some enjoyed seeing them in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony because they are part of Scottish heritage. The Opening Ceremony was supposed to be all about the hosting nation, and that was Scotland at the end of the day.

Many of those watching the Opening Ceremony believed that the dogs stole the show. Throughout it all, Hamish, the dog leading the home team out, received the biggest applause of the night.

There are elements in all religions that are considered wrong or unclean to other religions. There are elements from heritages that are considered immoral and disrespectful to others nations. The use of the Scottie dogs was not an attempt to go against a certain religion, but was a way to include another popular element from the Scottish heritage. The organizers had every right to use something so inherently Scottish.

While the Malaysian Islamic group is annoyed at the use of the dogs and the team carrying it, the person who agreed to carrying it obviously was not that offended. The team representative would have had a choice and had the answer been no the organizers would have found an alternative. That fact does not stop some claiming that the use of Scottie dogs in the 2014 Commonwealth Games was “disrespectful.”

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham


The Telegraph

13 Responses to "2014 Commonwealth Games ‘Disrespectful’ for Using Scottie Dogs"

  1. Patriot Infidel (@StopShariaLaw)   July 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    An apology won’t be enough. Organizers for the Commonwealth Games will bend and issue an apology but the Islamists will demand more. Concessions…and more concessions. Islam is a violent political system cloaked in religion.

  2. Hariharan   July 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    This takes me back to the 1983 Asian Games which were held in New Delhi. The opening day parade had a lady holding a placard with the name of the country in front of each contingent. Iran objected to this and insisted that the placard be borne by a male as being led by a woman is against Islam. The fools did not realize that they were in a country whose Prime Minister was a lady (Mrs. Indira Gandhi)!!!! Now they are objecting to dogs leading the contingent. This again proves that for Islam, women are as objectionable as dogs!!!

  3. Keith S   July 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    This journo needs to take a deep breath and get a life!
    Given the choice, I’d take the Scottie dog over the Muslim every time!
    And if they get offended – stiff! Suck it up and get over it!

  4. animated153   July 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Really? Well firstly they don’t need to touch the dogs secondly I’m offended they have disrespected our country and what doesn’t offend Muslims?… offended us doesn’t seem to.offend them….

  5. Scottie dog owner   July 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I would much rather touch a Scottie than a Muslim.

  6. Patrick W   July 29, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Muslims should not be included in any global events.

  7. Hodor's Revenge   July 29, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Beheading and crucifying indigenous Christians in Iraq and Syria is more disrespectful than carrying a dog.

  8. Timothy Smith   July 29, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Islam is a cancer on the world.

  9. CharlieDarwin   July 29, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Of course, nothing ‘disrespectful’ in Muslims beheading the kuffar, praising Hitler and wanting a second Holocaust for the Jews…

  10. No Fear   July 29, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Muslims don’t like dogs because their gangster “prophet” Mohammed did not like dogs.
    I don’t trust anyone who dislikes dogs.

  11. joanne   July 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hard to believe when they show such sensitivity to so many other sections of the community (insert sarcasm here )….

  12. Buzzby Smith   July 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    When Muslim nations stop persecuting women and people of different religions, I’ll start being concerned about their feeling concerning dogs.

  13. jnoll   July 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Move muslims in and you start finding dead dogs everywhere.


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