A wry commercial commentary on the Sudan controversy from conservative blogger Bob McCarty. The ever-informative and engaging Get Religion explores the implications of the controversy for how journalists should draw the line between "Islamic" and "Islamist."
Could something like the teddy bear Mohammed protests arise in the Christian community? In a way, they already are. Protests against The Golden Compass extend beyond the movie and books to the potential impact of its merchandising. Here's a sample objection from a popular Catholic message board:
What if some kids watch that or read the books and decide to name their doll or stuffed animal or favorate pet "demon" or something from the movie? Seemingly harmless things like that can and will open spiritual doors.
Interesting historical counter-example: last year around this time, Christian protests led Toys for Tots to agree to distribute 4,000 "Holy Huggables" talking Jesus dolls, which TfT had previously rejected on the grounds that the toys might offend non-Christians.