The next time you enjoy a baked potato and some green beans with your t-bone, be sure to utter a quiet prayer of gratitude to Allah for the portentious invention of the three-course meal.
See here and here for other manifestations of that famed Muslim tolerance for intellectual freedom. It's a wonder no Muslim Spinozas and Einsteins are emerging given the vibrancy of free thought in the "Ummah."
The mention of intellectual freedom and Einstein reminds me of Saudi Arabia. You see, the Islamist Kingdom has strict custom and Internet policies.
1. Customs. I've travelled to Saudi Arabia over the years to meet my family. On all flights to the land of Saud, alcohol was served. However, that luxury was taken away once the plane entered Arabian air space. Right before exiting the airport, the custom officials opened up and checked every single piece of luggage. If they found any drugs (which included booze), then the punishment for the perpetrator would be a swift beheading.
A lot of people brought CDs, DVDs or books. An official could confiscate such material and then give the offending party a receipt. The person(s) could come back in 48 hours, show the proof, and pick up their material if the Saudi customs hadn't deemed it "offensive".
What might they find "offensive"? Music with non-Islamic religious overtones, movies in which a couple kisses (Allah forbid!), and books authored by Jews. In a world where 170 Jews have won the Nobel Prize, most Arabs haven't even heard of Feynman or Friedman.
2. Internet. While in the Magic Kingdom, I entered the URL for this website and got a message that read like something "For the protection of you and your family, this site has been blocked." After a little tweaking, I figured out that any URL with the word "jew" in it was banned in Saudi Arabia. So, I would just go over to Town Hall to get my Jewish (gasp!) fix.
Don't forget to say bismillah before your three halaal meals!