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Sudanese charges against British teacher by canaveralgumby on 28 November 2007 6:15pm
 
What does everyone think of this?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071128/ap_on_re_af/sudan_british_teacher_11

To quote Brian, "There's just no pleasing some people."

This woman is dedicating her time and resources to teaching these poor kids in this poor country and this is what happens. I see it as a deliberate al-quaida-like statement.

Someone in the Sudanese government needs to remember that the secular white western world is marshalling to send aid to their country. We're not the enemy. Everyone here who has donated to Sudanese relief, raise your hands - I'm raising mine.

BTW, looking at another facet of the story, am I mistaken or isn't it common for Muslims to name their children Muhammed?

 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by Spursfan on 28 November 2007 6:28pm
 
Apparently one of the boys in the clas, named Muhammed or Mohammed or whatever, has now said that he asked for the bear to be named - but after himself, not the prophet.

I think it is just stupid, but that is only my opinion.

I'm not muslim (or anything else for that matter) but it occurs to me that if this Mohammed existed, then surely he would be happy that his name was used in this happy circunstance (I'm talking about a class of youngsters naming the bear).
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by geordiegirl on 28 November 2007 6:57pm
 
Yes, isn't it ludicrous. Hopefully it will calm down - the school has closed temporarily - so the Sudanese can save face &not find her guilty. Poor woman. Note to NGOs and the like: intensive cultural awareness-programme re Islam for volunteers needed (unfortunately). I wonder how many volunteer teachers this will deter & Cori is absolutely right to remind us about western individual/governmental donations for Sudanese relief. Yes, Anne, I too thought there were quite a few Mohammeds of various ages around in the Muslim world
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by elina on 28 November 2007 7:08pm
 
I understand why Sudanese were upset, but still... Cultural differences are difficult. Let's hope everything turns out okay.
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by tucsonmike on 28 November 2007 10:08pm
 
So the kids named the teddy bear and the teacher is in trouble? Then again, strict Moslems do not like the idea of naming non humans w/human names.
As insane as I find this, if she were going to teach in a nation that has Sharia as its legal base, she should have overruled the kids. You KNOW she will be blamed.
I do not give money to Sudanese things, since I am helping Non Moslem Sudanese who are here in the USA.
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by mrsthing on 29 November 2007 1:35am
 
I asked a Muslim friend, and she said that strict Muslims consider what the teacher did blasphemy because it was a teddy bear--a toy. It's a point of pride to name a son Mohammed, but not a toy or an animal. The teacher organized a vote among the children for the name of the bear, so she's culpable.

But the whole thing is crazy. Let the teacher apologize, find a new activity for the kids, and leave it at that.
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by canaveralgumby on 29 November 2007 6:36am
 
I guess it's not the male students' fault, but the female teacher's fault?
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by intrepid on 29 November 2007 3:48pm
 
I haven't heard on the news exactly what it is about naming the bear "Muhammad" which is offensive. I mean, I wonder if it's all due toa cultural difference- that those among the Sudanese who have a problem here don't realize that in Britain you can give soft toys regular, everyday person names. ("Muhammad" being, what, the most common male first name in the world?) Is it that they think that the teacher was trying to insinuate that Muhammad was an animal?
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by Spursfan on 29 November 2007 9:17pm
 
So - she has to serve 15 days in jail and then be deported.

At least she didn't get the lashes, but I still think it is petty.
 
Re: Sudanese charges against British teacher by canaveralgumby on 29 November 2007 9:36pm
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071129/ap_on_re_af/sudan_british_teacher_46

I will "pray" for her survival of the next 15 days. I am glad her story caught all the attention it did. This may have saved her life.
 
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