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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Another Ridiculous Muslim Overreaction

You may recall the Danish Mohammed cartoon controversy from last year. To refresh your memory, a Danish newspaper published several cartoons depicting Mohammed in September 2005. Not very much happened. Then, 4 months later, radical Muslim imams (who faked some of the images) succeeded in riling people up and in making Muslims world-wide feel offended by the cartoons. Thousands of people rioted, embassies and churches were burned, death sentences were issued, and innocent people were killed. What was particularly galling to me was the utter ridiculousness of a situation: people commented on the fact that some Muslims are violent; Muslims objected to this commentary (because Islam is a "religion of peace") by becoming..... extremely violent.

Now here is another example of ridiculous Muslim overreaction. A British teacher in Sudan teaches a class of 7-year-old Muslim students. Some of the students happen to like the name Mohammed because that is their own name or the name of a friend or family member. The classroom has a teddy bear and the teacher asks her students to vote on a name for the teddy bear. The students name the teddy bear Mohammed.

What happened? The Sudanese government prosecuted the teacher for insulting Islam. She has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and deportation. But that isn't all. Thousands of Sudanese protestors are now demanding for her execution. Ridiculous. Also, why aren't the protestors calling for the heads of the schoolkids who named the teddy bear in the first place?