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November 30, 2007

On Insulting the Prophet

Allen @ 10:13 am   |  Comments (5)
Filed under: Morality/Ethics,The End Is Near

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — Hundreds of angry protesters, some waving ceremonial swords from trucks equipped with loud speakers, gathered Friday outside the presidential palace to denounce a teacher whose class named a teddy bear “Mohammed” — some calling for her execution.

Friday’s demonstrations began as worshippers spilled out of mosques in the capital after Friday prayers. They marched to the palace, which is on the same street as Unity High School, where Gibbons taught grade school students. Those who named the bear were 7 years old.

Gibbons asked the children to pick their favorite name for the new class mascot, which she was using to aid lessons about animals and their habitats.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/11/30/sudan.bears/index.html

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OK, I really am started to get mystified by Islam.  I’m all for tolerance and accepting other faiths, but at some point we’ve gotta call BS and not dance around the issue that sometimes Islam produces creepy shit.  If parents named their child Mohammed, and the child ends up being a thief or murderer, do you execute the parents for insulting the prophet?  What the hell is going on here?

Or is this all some orchestrated “beat down the Western powers” gambit?

5 Comments

1

“I told you we should have named him Awesome Dude!”

Comment by Caitlin — November 30, 2007 @ 10:35 am

 
2

Little known fact: the runner-up name was ‘Jesus Sucks’.

Comment by Allen — November 30, 2007 @ 10:42 am

 
3

“Don’t blame me, I voted for Beyonce.”

Comment by Caitlin — November 30, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

 
4

I would substitute the word “religion” for “Islam” and just leave it at that.

Similar scenes can be witnessed in North Carolina, Alabama, or Kansas.

Just with different props.

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But my impression is this whole thing is totally political. It’s a move by Sudan’s rulers to galvanize anti-Western sentiment to keep UN forces out of Sudan.

That might interfere with the genocide–and the government. Because as long as the genocide keeps rolling, the government still has a reason to stay in power.

Comment by Mike — December 2, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

 
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Oh, I’m not saying other religions are clean of misinterpretations (the Crusades, the KKK, crazy Christian cults in Idaho, etc.). I’m just saying that we are quicker to condemn Christian crazies or Hindu crazies than Muslim crazies. With Islam, especially lately, there seems to be a lot of kid-glove treatment, when there should be more forceful criticism (for example, with the Mohammed cartoon incident).

Comment by Allen — December 2, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

 

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