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Troublemaking Teddy by pandab on 30 November 2007 1:37am
I just read a news article, and it has irritated me beyond belief.

The British teacher working in Sudan has been convicted of "insulting Islam" by letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad. The court sentenced her to 15 days in jail, followed by deportation. Since she has already served 5 days, she only has 10 left.

Blessedly, the judge dropped the more serious charge of inciting hatred, which could have gotten her 40 lashes.

I am a firm believer is respecting others' religion, but ... What is WRONG here? This was a teacher and a teddy bear named by a bunch of grade-school kids, for crying out loud!

Apparently, the whole thing started because an office assistant at the school notified the authorities in revenge for some argument she had with the principal. Then the hardliners got the bit between their teeth and demanded protests. A few were even saying she should be put to death.

I understand the name may have been offensive, but wouldn't a quiet word with the teacher about changing the name have been more appropriate? According to the reports, no one said anything to her until they came to arrest her.

Argh! And people wonder why I have issues with organized religions.

Re: Troublemaking Teddy by mrsthing on 30 November 2007 3:17am
There's another thread on this in the list. Most of us feel the same way you do. The news today reported that the teacher was given a sentence of 15 days in jail and deportation.
Re: Troublemaking Teddy by Lounge Trekker on 30 November 2007 7:26am
I wouldn't name any pet, real or stuffed, Jesus (HEY-sus)for fear of inciting hatred. Or call it respect for others. A similar situation. I've seen Spanish-American men named Jesus, but in our American society it could be construed as offensive. Give it to CNN and I'd be tarred and feathered in the news.

Similar issues I'm sure.

Lounge Trekker
Re: Troublemaking Teddy by Wild in Africa on 30 November 2007 12:10pm
Having quite a lot of experience of Sudan this didn't surprise me a lot. Remember this is not a reasonable rational administration we are dealing with here. This is a set of criminals with the blood of hundreds of thousands of their own people on their hands. They have murdered and brutalised the Southern Sudanese, the Darfurians and the people of the Red Sea Hills constantly over the past 18 years with total impunity. They don't give a damn about our western sensitivities. Remember also that many of their victims have been pious Muslims.
Although the charges and sentence imposed against Gillian Gibbons are outrageous and absolutely unjustified, they come from a regime that consistently imposes outrages and commits crimes against their own people. I am very sorry that Ms Gibbons is to suffer in a Sudanese jail for the next 10 days and agree that she should not have had to suffer one second for this innocent mistake but her suffering is small compared to most other victims of this vicious criminal regime.
Re: Troublemaking Teddy by kazzzz on 1 December 2007 12:19pm
There was an article on the news here in the week, apparently the words Ho Ho Ho are not able to be used on Christmas stuff anymore, for some politically incorrect reason. I saw a Christmas stocking in the shops yesterday with 'Ha Ha Ha' on it. Ridiculous.

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