Friday, November 30, 2007

Perceived Insult To Islam Turns To Assault on Reason

Sudan: Officials seize a British teacher's approval of students 'Muhammad' teddy bear to play the culture card

This Week’s Top Scrooge - November 30, 2007


I suppose there are worse atrocities in the world.

Sure, the Sudanese government's imprisonment of a kindly-looking teacher for the "hate crime" of allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad may not seem like a big deal to some.

After all, her sentence is only 15 days (five of which she has already served) and the maximum 6-month sentence and 40 lashes were not dished out by the Sudanese judge. I guess to prison veterans (and Muslim jailers), this is just a walk in the park. But for a teacher?

In finding that British primary school teacher, Gillian Gibbons, is guilty of insulting Islam by allowing her seven-year-old pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad, Sudanese officials have deliberately assaulted reason.

The Sudanese leaders have attempted to use Gibbons and Teddy 'Muhammad' Bear to call the rest of the non-Muslim world ignorant for not bowing to them. They are saying that all of us must walk on egg shells, careful to not accidently be offensive or we will be lashed, imprisoned, or killed...

Teddy “Muhammad” Bear