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A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano, California, has come under fire by Muslims and local council members alike for naming his dog Muhammad and later announcing it during a city council meeting. Councilman Derek Reeve is not backing down, however, stating on Tuesday that the decision to name his dog Muhammad was not meant to be offensive but was rather abut his family exercising their freedom of speech.

According to the local SJC Patch, Reeve’s dog-naming came on the heels of the councilman explaining to his children that in some parts of the Islamic world, they could be sentenced to death for using the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s name in a fashion deemed inappropriate.

Reeve reportedly first divulged his dogs’ names, “Muhammad” and “America,” during a September 6 vote on plans for a local dog park.
That’s when some, including fellow councilman Larry Kramer, were rubbed the wrong way, prompting a discussion on proper “decorum” for council meetings to ensue.

“I’m asking for decorum on the dais. Yet if we can’t do that, all is lost,” Kramer said.
Patch adds:
“We are in a position of authority. It’s important we choose our words wisely,” Kramer said. “I hope the council will say this kind of speech is not OK.”

Lars Vilks and his own dog Muhammad


Swedish prosecutors suspect that three men arrested in an antiterrorism sting this month plotted to kill an artist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Citing classified material from the investigation, the Metro newspaper said that the target of the plot in the west coast city of Goteborg was Lars Vilks, who lives under police protection due to death threats over his drawing of Mohammed in 2007…

previously before that:

The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.
Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack late Friday night and no one was reported injured.
It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.
Police were alerted just before noon Saturday, as people passing by the artist’s house noted that several windows had been smashed. When officers arrived, they discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline and fire damage on the surface of the building. Attackers are also suspected of having tried setting the inside of house on fire, but the flames are thought to have fizzled out…


  1. Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

    Too bad it wasn’t a pet pig.

  2. Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

    Hey, Sondra…did you notice this happened in the same city where the Christian couple is being fined for not having a permit to hold a Bible study at their home?

    (shameless blog plug: http://theobservatorium.blogspot.com/2011/09/coincidence.html

  3. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm |

    I think I’ll name my next dog “Allah”.
    Is that racist or insensitive?

  4. Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    Is he rug-trained?

  5. Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm |

    Hereinafter, my three puppies shall have the added middle name Mohammed.

    Saint is now Mongo Mohammed.
    Lab is now Uber Mohammed Doggensnool
    Chifoxxwa is now Tiberius Mohammed Maximus.

    I shall still call the little one Shithead, but het, Mohammed/ Shithead…… No difference.

  6. Honey Badger
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    I’m a bit of a tard, so on this new platform is there a way to have photos show up in the comments, or can we only link to them?

  7. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

    Silton, yes. So I guess that means no Allah?

  8. howardfrombroward
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

    america’s white house has a hypersensitive dog that won’t hunt and its middle name is “hussein”. this mixed-breed mutt viciously bites any republican who enters the oval office and refuses to bow. wow!

  9. TheOldMan
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |

    What did the dog do to deserve such an insult?

  10. rickn8or
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

    Mmmm. Teach a stray his name is “Allahu Akbar”. Then release him around concentrations of Muzzies…

  11. SondraK, TEA Party zombie
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    Honey Badger, you can but you have to host it somewhere.

    No way in hell am I giving unfettered access to my server for myriad reasons but first and foremost because I wouldn’t put it past some Lympian FuckMook to put some child pr0n or something on there….

  12. Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |

    Honey Badger- I use Imagecave.com – it’s free and pretty easy to use. Upload a picture, then locate it in your gallery and copy the code, then just paste it here in the comments box.

  13. Melissa In Texas
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    Or image shack, Honey badger.
    I had dogs names Preacher and Reverend at one point…
    Mo’?… No big deal

  14. accipiter NW
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm |

    Nobody is decrying the naming of the St. Bernard breed. Could there be a muhammed breed? Maybe German Shepards during the nazi reign when sicked upon Jews could have been renamed that. German Shepherds are pretty smart though, so that wouldn’t stick.

    Nice new avatar MiT. Just blurry enough for my eyes that I’ll have to use a little imagination.

  15. mech
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm |

    New Pic Melissa!

    Hmmm, kinda steamy in the shower. (Sounds better than a pixellated magnified image)

    Back to the topic, it would be funny to name a critter so, but annoying to be caling the name out loud all the time.

  16. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    Speaking of dogs ….


  17. LLoyd
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm |

    I’m just thinking about you M and as I’m paging down –Whooops! You left your bathroom open silly ;o)

  18. PeggyU
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    Mr. Vilks needs a bigger, uglier, meaner dog.

  19. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:25 am |

    … but naming an ugly, stupid kid Muhammad and strapping a bomb on him is okay.

    It’s like naming a kid Jesus. I mean, who in his right …
    (What? Oh.)

    And what’s all this crap about images of Mo?
    Geeze, it’s not like anyone knows what he actually looked like,
    having no contemporaneous portraits of him and all that.
    Saying that he looked like an Arab guy is not enough, even though they all look al…

  20. Honey Badger
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 7:01 am |

    All, thanks for the info on posting pics. Was trying photobucket and it just kept showing up as “image has moved”.

    SondraK: No doubt!

  21. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:24 am |

    no contemporaneous portraits of Mo…

    Bet Mo had a hump… and a lazy eye, one fang, drooled…
    srsly – lousy thing to do to a good dog.

  22. SondraK, TEA Party zombie
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:48 am |

    I think it’s remarkable that people are threatened with violent death for naming a dog something but telling people about it means ALL IS LOST.

    Pee-ess, folks might want to take a lesson on decorum from Donald RUMSFELD. Just sayin’…………..

  23. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:42 am |

    ^ Why?
    Did he name his dog Sondra?

  24. Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    ^^That was funneh!

    *completely out of line….. but Funneh!*
    runs and hides under the porch…….

  25. SondraK, TEA Party zombie
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am |

    ^ LOL!

    Yannow, I just realized that Lars’ dog Muhommad looks EXACTLY like my old beloved Odin.
    Yet no Vikings ever threatened my life……….

  26. The Digital Hairshirt
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    On a related note, tomorrow we are picking up a new puppeh – a Blue Weimaraner. And he’s gonna be big, his Daddy is 100lbs. Still trying to decide a name.

    The Schnauzer is pleased. The Corgi . . . is not.

  27. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    ^ TDH,
    I’m thinkin’:
    Loki, a troublesome Norse doG
    Ragnar, from Atlas Shedded
    Bauhaus, the Bow-wows Bauhaus School was in Weimar

    Hey, you also can say he’s a Weimar Republican.