Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Get a Grip-

Uusally I reserve my political rants for my Mulligrubbers blog, but this story was too bizarre not to share with you all. I thank Malach for bringing it to my attention-

(CNN) -- Sudan has arrested a British teacher for insulting faith and religion, the British Foreign Office said Monday. Gillian Gibbons, 54, is being held by police in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Numerous media reports say Gibbons was arrested after allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear "Mohammed."

That could be seen as an insult to the Prophet Mohammed, the reports said.

Say again???

Gibbons asked the children to pick a name for the bear as part of a lesson on animal habits at Unity High School, the Press Association said. A British Embassy spokesman in Khartoum was quoted as saying the naming of the bear did not cause immediate trouble. "The children chose the name because it is very common here," the spokesman told PA. This happened in September and the parents did not have a problem with it." Unity director Robert Boulos told Reuters news agency that Gibbons was arrested Sunday at her home on school grounds after a number of parents made a complaint to Sudan's Ministry of Education. Boulos told Reuters he had decided to shut the school until January for fear of reprisals.

Well, you name a teddy bear, you gotta take the consequences.

Blasphemy is punishable with 40 lashes under Islamic Sharia law, Britain's Press Association news agency reported. "This is a very sensitive issue," Boulos was quoted as saying on Reuters.com. "We are very worried about her safety," he added. "This was a completely innocent mistake. Miss Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam."

And now one more snippet, from yesterday's New York Times column by Thomas Friedman, abour our "pals" the Saudis-

One of the most talked about stories in the Middle East last week came out of Saudi Arabia, where the government affirmed the sentence of 200 lashes for a 19-year-old Shiite girl who was sitting in a car with a male acquaintance last year when they were attacked by seven men who gang-raped both of them. The Saudi Justice Ministry said the young woman deserved 200 lashes and six months in prison, even though she had been raped, because she was guilty of “illegal mingling” — sitting in a car with a man who was not related to her.

Am I being overly critical, or are these people, um, nuts? I mean, like, nuttier than a Snickers bar. Religion is one thing, and this isn't a knock against the Islamic religion, but against certain people, and entire nations, who have lost all sense of perspective. We certainly have our own Christian nutburgers right here in America, including the Holier-Than-Everyone Fred Phelp'sers, the people who "Thank God for 9-11" because it was His punishment for not stoning all gays to death. The difference is that our nutburgers do not (yet) run the government and write the laws. In Sudan and Saudi Arabia they do.

C'mon folks- either get a grip or go back to your home planet.


Mike said...

Well the real nutty thing about this story is that they should have beat the children. They were the ones that chose the name, not teacher.

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike: That's true. But the kids are probably beyond redemption and need to be stoned to death.

TED VELVET said...

just like Christianity morphed into all sorts of wacky shit that has nothing to do with the original message, Islam has taken a mix of Judaism and Christianity with a slight penchant for decapitation and become a list of do's and do not's that have nothing to do with the Koran. most of the codified sharia law is shit that came down after Mohammed was already dead. it's like guessing what the framers of the constitution meant when they wrote the laws. Hadith's are things that they think Mohammed may have believed in or said which lead ignorant camelfucking Imam's to interpret laws the way they see it so they can whip teachers because they think Mohammed wouldn't like kids naming a teddy bear after him. It's very ad-hoc.

C.Rag said...

Self righteous people no matter what the beliefs are dangerous & crazy.

moooooog35 said...

..tell me the guy in the car off'd himself...

If he didn't...he should...

My ass just hurts thinking about it.

The Teddy Boy said...


If you go out to the Sudan today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go out in the Sudan today
You’d better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was
Will fear the Sharia law, because
some children there
named a teddy Mohammed

If you go out in the Sudan today
You’d better not go alone
It’s lovely out in the Sudan today
But safer to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was
Fears a fatwa on there head, because
Today’s the day
The Muslims will punish a teacher


There's a little bear
Like I hope you've never seen before
Who's a lot of fun, oh dear
Children everywhere,
Grow to love him more and more, but he's not the fastest growing religion anymore
He's was the number one, excepting the real Muhammad and Allah, be praised
There's a million stories to be told
Of the bad things that he's done!
And he's gonna share them all with you
So come along

Oh Muhammad, Muhammad the Bear
Everyone despise his name, or else die in shame
Muhammad, Muhammad the Bear
Everyone come and join
In all of his games, unless you’re female

There is Badger Bill
Lily Tiger-Lily, I assume because she is covered too,
And a whole lot more
They are Muhammad's friends
And they're waiting here for you
So unlock the door but don’t you dare remove that veil
There's a magic land not far away
And they call it Sudan
Where you'll meet a little teddy bear in chains
And if you are good and have a very thick skin, you might just live to tell the tale again!

Oh Muhammad, Muhammad the Bear
Everyone despise his name, or else die in shame
Muhammad, Muhammad the Bear
Everyone come and join
In all of his pain

Colonel Colonel said...

The Velvet: "which lead ignorant camelfucking Imam's to interpret laws the way they see it so they can whip teachers because they think Mohammed wouldn't like kids naming a teddy bear after him."

I talked to Mohammed this morning, and he aid he was tickled pink to have a teddy bear named after him.

C.Rag: Amen! (um, so to speak)

Moooog: I'm sure if he didn't, the Saudi authorities will be glad to oblige.

Teddy: Cool!

Parad0x said...

Some cultures are stuck in the stone ages. Oh, and they hate women.

How disgusting.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Yeah, I've been following this too and NUTS doesn't even begin to cover it. This is exactly why there MUST be separation between and state.

"God save me from those who would save me from myself."

Tequila Mockingbird said...

um, so it's not ok to beat people because of teddy bear names? thanks for once again clearing up my confusion!

Malach the Merciless said...

Again, as stated, there is a reason the Western World has seperated Chuch from state, imagine it the Catholic Church was doing stuff today, they did back in the Middle Ages.

Christine said...

That bear scared the bejesus out of me. Thanks.

Colonel Colonel said...

ParadOx: Any culture that hates women is completely fucked.

Bruce: Exactly.

T-Bird: It depends on whether you're beating them for religious or secular reasons. And, of course, if it's for purely secular reasons and there are stuffed animals involved, whether they're enjoying it.

Malach: Halliburton would have a division building racks.

Christine: You're entirely welcome! And welcome to MMB!

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Nuts? Yes. Nothing nuttier than a bunch of religious fundamentalists who worship at the alter of mythology. Worse than our religious fundamentalists? Yes, but only because they are in a society that allows such nuttiness. Our forefathers protected us from the same whack jobs that infest the mideast today. If the right wing neo-cons and the fundamentalist mythologists had their way in this country, it would be no different.
Yes, I absolutely truly believe that. These are people who chose mythology over scientific fact and would trash the Constitution of the United States for their bibble law.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Damn I wanna see that moose pull!

Anonymous said...

I think they should make the teacher sleep with that teddy you have posted there.

It's one fugly ,scarey, furry bastard.

Colonel Colonel said...

Sagacious: I think you're right about the Rabid RightWinguts -they just love legislating their own brand of morality, which to them is the same thing as their own religious beliefs.

Sagacious: So do I, and it would be SUCH A PITY if somebody burst my bubble about that photo being true, so close to Christmas and all...

PrePo: That bear sure is a fugly, scary bastard- we named him 'George'.

Chickie said...

I read this story today and thought at first that it was a joke. Sadly, not.

Hungry Mother said...

There are a few religions that allow their believers to behave rationally, but very few. My ex-religion, Roman Catholic, is not one of them. My new religion, non-practicing Paganism, is one of them. The irrational religions should be destroyed by exposure.

Kerstin said...

I will never, never, never understand the things done "In the name of God." If "God" wills this kind of shit, then I don't want to believe in him.

Sad that you can't name a class teddy bear Mohammed, but you can name mass murdering fuckheads Mohammed.

TED VELVET said...

that moose picture is photoshopped

Colonel Colonel said...

Chickie: I'm afraid not.

HungryMo: One only hopes.

Kerstin: Interesting 'coincidence', isn't it?

The Velvet: LALALALALALALA!!!!!!! I can't hear you! LALALALALA!!!!!! [fingers in ears] Can't hear you!!!!

AngryMan said...

I think that it's time we turn the Muslim world into a glass factory.

Colonel Colonel said...

Angryman: But that would give them employment. I'd rather see them sitting there in the desert, twiddling their thumbs and fucking camels.

NerdGirl said...

Shaking my head. Cannot even comment. Just sitting here shaking my head at the craziness over there. sigh

anaglyph said...

Religion. Unfortunately they have a greater claim to this as their Home Planet than most of us here. That's the scary thing. And it's getting scarier.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

Totally fucked up. And not in a good way.

Colonel Colonel said...

Nerdgirl: It all does tend to leave one speechless.

Reverend: Maybe we can persuade them to find a new planet then.

HTGT: I've can't put it better than that.

Sara Sue said...

Something tells me we've only just begun to see the tip of the nut factor over there ... and here too.

Colonel Colonel said...

Sara: It's true, the NutFactor seems to be rising.

Sirdar said...

The world is going to hell. I heard about the second story as the Ontario government is considering allowing some Sharia law in the province. Scary!!

These stories just exemplify what is wrong in that part of the world. People and life mean nothing. Sad if you ask me.

USpace 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...

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

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

for visiting to help out
your ungrateful country