Meat your maker

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Jul 22, 2008

Do you think it's just fundamentalist Americans who see signs of God in every stain, wood grain, rock, and piece of baked goods?

Nope. Muslims see them too. We knew this already, but I think this one is marginally better, if by better you mean "you don't have to squint quite as much to see it."

A Nigerian restaurant has been serving pieces of meat that appear to have the word Allah inscribed in them in Arabic. And by inscribed, I mean written out in the gristle.

OK, first: ewwwwww.

Second, sigh. Here's a picture of the meat with the word Allah next to it in Arabic:

There is a resemblance, if you ignore the misplacement of the vertical stroke, and the strong diminution of the tail on the left of the chewy apparition. Also, if you're predisposed to seeing God in pieces of torn, boiled, and fried animal flesh.

Third, sigh again. Guess what was said about the meat? "This was just a funny coincidence, and we all had a good laugh and then ate the meat"?


"When the writings were discovered there were some Islamic scholars who come and eat here and they all commented that it was a sign to show that Islam is the only true religion for mankind," he said.

That's not terribly convincing under any circumstances, and less when you take in all the wacky pareidolia seen in the United States. Whose God is the right one? Scholars and laymen have wrestled with that for millennia, and I have a fleeting suspicion that a chunk of animal muscle isn't the right piece of evidence on which to bet a whole lot of epistemological credit.

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