Thursday, November 29, 2007

stuffed animals

British teacher at Khartoum court in teddy bear case
Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:22 AM EST
By Opheera McDoom

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A British teacher accused of insulting Muslims after her class called a teddy bear Mohammad spent more than five hours behind closed doors in a Khartoum courtroom on Thursday as a judge heard the case against her.

In London, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the Sudanese ambassador he was concerned about the teacher, 54-year-old Gillian Gibbons, who was arrested and charged after one of the school staff reported her to the authorities.

"We believe that this was an innocent misunderstanding," Miliband said in a statement.
A member of Gibbons's defence team quoted the judge as saying he wanted to finish the case on Thursday and court sources said the session could be over by 8 p.m. (1700 GMT).
Sudanese state media said on Wednesday that Gibbons faced charges of insulting Islam, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs because of the toy's name. If convicted, she could face 40 lashes, a fine, or one year in jail...

And think...these are the “reasonable” ones. There are people in our country that actually think that we should and could sit down with the extremist branches of Islam and “negotiate” about the whole terrorism thing.

Naming a teddy bear a name that millions and millions of other people have is the worst concern they have in the Sudan?

Wasn’t there something about a genocide going on there awhile back?

Offensive cartoons. Remember those? Somebody made a cartoon image of Mohammad with a bomb on his head. Then the response was “how dare you implicate that our religion is violent!” Followed immediately with promises to kill the guy who drew the cartoon.

Panties on the head. Oh how our media played into this one. The enemy slowly slices the heads off of tied up and thoroughly defenseless civilian contractors and aid workers for home videos and the worldwide outrage was only about as loud as a fart in a hurricane. But pictures of panties on someone’s head and the whole world comes unglued and angry at the evil West.

Now there’ll be a jihad declared on the Build-a-Bear Workshop corporation for this latest offense.

You can’t tell me these idiots actually believe that this woman was intentionally trying to insult anyone. What is really going on here is hatred of women in any perceived position of authority. Women who are educated and especially who are not bomb wearing extremists subject to wearing burlap sacks and daily beatings are a threat to this repressive way of life. Somebody there hates the West and this is the best excuse they can come up with to “get back at us.” Real mature.

I wonder how much money the West is pissing away in that country?

These people always want us out of their business. But they don’t have a problem putting their hands in our pockets. They hate the dirty West. But love the West’s dirty money don’t they?

So we’ll continue to play this PC game until someone else dies. Likely this woman will get off with a warning. It’s just for show anyway. Extremists want the West to apologize, bow down, and suck up to them like a bully on the playground.

Let's keep appeasing the bullies. In Sudan, Paris, London, and the US. Keep giving them what they want, a perceived notion of power and superiority. And they’ll keep wanting more each time.

Think about it people. They are threatening to beat a school teacher half to death over her allowing some kid to name a stuffed animal the most common name on the planet!!! This is the mentality that we are supposed to sit down and have civilized talks with.

Stuffed with hatred. Stuffed with religious conspiracy theory driven rhetoric, stuffed with lies, and stupidity. Stuffed with one agenda. To eradicate anyone that does not believe like them and make the entire planet into a worldwide religious dictatorship.

You’d get better results talking peace with a stuffed animal.