Saturday, December 1, 2007

More nuts to Mohammed

Well, it’s happened. The decision has finally been handed down.

The Age didn’t carry anything on the day so I looked further abroad for a different perspective. This is from The Washington Post

LONDON, Nov. 29 -- A Sudanese court on Thursday convicted a British schoolteacher of inciting religious hatred by allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced her to 15 days in jail.

She’ll serve 10 more days because she’s already been in custody for 5 days. That’s big hearted of them isn’t it? But, so it is that a woman is being punished for letting a group of 7 year olds name a teddy bear, and an educator has been jailed on religious grounds, once again. I feel for the kids because it seems they’ve lost a good teacher, and a caring one at that. Teachers like that are not always easy to find so the travesty is all the greater.

What’s more disturbing about this story though is the crowds that gathered in Khartoum, calling for the death penalty. Well, I said in my original post that it was “twisted”, but to call for the death penalty for the naming of a teddy bear is way beyond “twisted”, it’s completely insane.

But the article continues:

"This is unbelievable, a travesty of justice, a disgrace -- what planet are they on?" said Asghar Bukhari of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, a group that advocates greater Muslim involvement in the democratic process.

"Things like this make our differences seem like they are unbridgeable," Bukhari said. "If you don't really know another community, and all you ever hear is these outrageous, alien, unjust things they are doing, you are going to think, 'We've got nothing in common.' "

Mr. Bukhari makes an impassioned plea. It’s a plea for understanding and as amateurish attempt at an argument from ignorance and authority that I think I’ve ever seen. When you think how often you see and hear about travesties like this in the muslim world (or worse if the “criminal” happens to be an adulterer, a woman with a non-muslim love interest, an author or a cartoonist), you soon realise that in strict muslim communities, these are NOT outrageous, alien or unjust things, they are common occurrences and are simply the result of the law being applied.

I won’t be surprised to see an exodus of non-muslim teachers from the Sudan and other muslim countries that employ foreign teachers because of this too. I’d certainly be packing my bags. It will be a shame though and will only serve as a set back to education in those countries, but I doubt that anyone will take any notice. Ignorance takes precedence where religion reigns supreme…

10 Comments:

USpace said...

Well said! Green Ink has a great cartoon of a MoTeddy, THAT would get the European Muzzies rioting too.

This would make a wonderful Ramadan gift. A New Dark Age is Dawning has a link to them for sale at the Cafe Press store.

Calling these ignorant freaks in Sudan human garbage is just too kind. Oh so peaceful, effin SICK animals...

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absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
give a pig a prophet's name

glorify the godly swine
and thank him for his bacon

.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
outlaw all teddy bears

before some little kids
try to honor a prophet

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absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
pay your teachers with DEATH

for visiting to help out
your ungrateful country


http://citizenwarrior2.blogspot.com/

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
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Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

This is a sad sad situation.

Plonka said...

Uspace: Thanks for dropping by...:)

Some interesting prose you have there.

Sean:

It's beyond sad I think. A lose/lose situation all round.

Dikkii said...

Yep. Sad alright. What about Gibbons' family? What must they be feeling right now?

Plonka said...

Dikkii:

I imagine they're devastated. All that calling for the death penalty would have them beside themselves.

John Evo said...
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John Evo said...

Plonka said: I’d certainly be packing my bags.

Hmmm... I wouldn't go there to begin with. You can't claim afterwards that you had NO IDEA what these people would do to you.

All of the major religions are extremist in nature. It's only PEOPLE who have moderated some of them. All the muslims are doing is enforcing the literal meaning of their book. Darwin forbid that the Christians do the same (like they have been known to do, throughout history).

Plonka said...

Evo:

I wouldn't go there to begin with.

And neither would I. But if I were an idealistic and passionate teacher who thought that bringing education to a disadvantaged youth a noble cause I might.

You can't claim afterwards that you had NO IDEA what these people would do to you.

No, but by the same token, had I allowed a group of muslims to give a teddy bear a muslim name, I probably wouldn't have thought that blasphemy was the motivation either, until now.

Darwin forbid

Lol. You're right though. A christian theocracy would be burning the likes of you and I at the stake daily.

Evo said...

plonka said: No, but by the same token, had I allowed a group of muslims to give a teddy bear a muslim name, I probably wouldn't have thought that blasphemy was the motivation either, until now.

I don't know, dude, after that Danish cartoon crap, I'd expect just about anything!

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