U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Cancels The Redskins’ Trademarks

redskins-1The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the Redskins team’s trademark as it is deemed to offensive. An  Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally nearly four in five Americans do not think the team should change its name. Reminds one of dictatorial Socialist government reprisals.  The involvement of the government in this issue is a very different matter.   The situation of an appointed panel taking the right to censor trademarked names in this manner is uncomfortable. This has gone from an issue involving  public opinion to the issue of does the  government have the right to meddle with a business in this manner.  There are other trademarks that might not pass this panel’s smell test if challenged, such as Aunt Jemima products. The market should dictate this decision, not an appointed panel in Washington D.C.

In what might be the most significant pressure put on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademarks on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

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Sunnis and Shiites

The two main sub-groups of Islam is Sunnis and Shiites

The Sunni-Shiite split stemmed from political differences, who should succeed and lead Muslims after Muhammad’s death in 632. The Sunni branch thinks the most able and pious should be the leader. So after Muhammad’s death his close companion, Abu Bakr, became his successor.  The Shiite branch thinks the succession should be based on family. So after Muhammad’s death succession should go to his cousin/son-in-law Ali bin Abu Talib. Through the years other differences have formed between the Sunnis and Shiites.

The Wahhabi sect of Sunnis are radicals, this sect is dominate in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia spends billions for the propagation of Wahhabism, funding schools, mosques, and charities.

The majority (about 85%) of Muslims are Sunnis.  Approximately 10 to 15 percent of Muslims follow the Shiite branch of Islam.

Islam By Country

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