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Teacher Arrested for Teddy Bear Name Game

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Posted on Nov 26, 2007
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In a particularly delicate situation involving crossed cultural wires, a British primary school teacher in Sudan could face six months in jail, a fine or 40 lashes after allowing her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad” for a class exercise.

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The school’s director, Robert Boulos, said: “This is a very sensitive issue. We are very worried about her safety.

“This was a completely innocent mistake. Miss Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam.”

Mr Boulos said Ms Gibbons was following a British national curriculum course designed to teach young pupils about animals and this year’s topic was the bear.

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By 1drees, December 3, 2007 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Well, you do have to realise that there is a certain American Input to this Animosity towards the western people I mean DO you remember the destruction of a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan by US Bombers and then the US labelling of factory as “chemical weapons facility”.

I mean that might have fooled you or me for a couple of months BUT for a Sudanese who’s been buying painkillers from that factory that might have been too far-fetched and might not have cut it or rather it might have caused a vengeance and a longing for a backlash.

NEWTON’S THIRD LAW OF MOTION : to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

BTW that bombing might have been an attempt to prevent Sudan from being able to be independent for its general USE pills coz then the US corporations might have found another Customer and hence MORE PROFITS!

VIVA DOLLAR!

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By purplewolf, November 30, 2007 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

In todays news the Islamic radical nutjobs are calling for the death of this teacher. Think radical Christians would never do this? Think again.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 27, 2007 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

116298 by P. T. on 11/27 at 11:11 am: “...has a political feel to it, like some mullahs or politicians were looking for something to demagogue….”

Giving a teddy bear a bad name, uhh ......all to make Westerners look bad .....the perceived result is supposedly to make Islam look good in Sudan, an impossibility in itself!!! Ask any non-Muslim Sudanese…......

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By Frank, November 27, 2007 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

I think many here would agree that the disease which is most threatening to the survival of all human civilization is not HIV, Ebola, Avian Flu, or any other microbe. It is a psychological virus know as religion, or more broadly as superstition.  Islam is currently the most virulent strain of this virus, but it is not the only one that threatens human progress and survival. Rational people everywhere need to vigilant and proactive in challenging bad ideas and irrationality everywhere they see it.

The struggle of reason & science vs. religion & superstition will define the 21st century and likely decide the ultimate fate of humanity. If reason and science prevail in this century, humanity may triumph over poverty, disease and even biological mortality before this century is over. We may have the technology to produce unlimited energy without environmental costs as well as the ability to repair previous environmental damage at the nano-level, restoring the pristine environment of pre-industrial Earth.  We may even have the option as individuals to become more than human, better than human, enhancing our minds and our bodies with technology, in combination with virtually unlimited life-spans. Though this might sound like science fiction, these are the projections of many of the most brilliant scientists, technology gurus, and futurists of our time. But their optimism is tempered with a realization of the scale of destruction that religious extremism might unleash upon the humanity in this century, if we are not vigilant. If religion and superstition prevail, the majority of the human race may not survive this century at all,  and those that do may be left to suffer in a new dark age.

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By RAE, November 27, 2007 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

I feel so much pity for the millions who, through no fault of their own, get born into families/cultures whose belief systems are based in religious fanaticism.

By the time these folk reach adulthood they’ve been so brain damaged by the monumental piles of religious bullshit laid on them by controlling con men they’ve forever lost any ability to think for themselves.

There is NO EVIDENCE that any supernatural “god” exists. This is FACT. This cannot be argued using any reason or logic. Those who believe there is a “god” do so on purely an LEARNED/EMOTIONAL basis.

If such lies are pounded into you from birth by everyone around you there’s not much chance you’re going to stand up one day and say… “Hey… I see no evidence to prove what you’re saying is true, and my brain leads me to choose to believe otherwise”... especially in such backward societies that would rather murder you than allow you to think for yourself like that.

I pity them all. Such a waste of a lifetime.

If I were Mrs. Gibbons, I’d tell them to shove the teddy bear where the sun doesn’t shine and leave them to rot in their cesspool of ignorance.

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By purplewolf, November 27, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

This is just the kind of ignorance and insanity that takes over when any religion takes control of a country and every aspect of peoples lives. Mob rule mentality, keep them ignorant and unable to use the brain they were born with. It’s easier to control or incite the uneducated and those unable to decide for themselves and manipulate them into doing unthinkable things against other humans, where as if these people were allowed to think for themselves,allowed to be educated, those misdeeds would never have happened.

Besides it was the children who decided on the name. Maybe they should all be lashed since it was their indiscretion, they named the bearin the first place.

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By P. T., November 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

This thing has a political feel to it, like some mullahs or politicians were looking for something to demagogue.

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By jatihoon, November 27, 2007 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

Do not blame the “TEACHER”, she is there to teach and remove the poverty of knowledge. If you are covering your eyes with both hands and shouting at top of your lungs, ” I cannot see”, do not blame the eyes.  Name Mohammed was there before Arab Mohammed was born. Now that is ignorance.

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By Deborah, November 27, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Puh-leeze. How many people in Latin cultures are named Jesus (hay-seuss)?

And the children named the bear, not the children. Maybe they wanted to honor the prophet, not blaspheme.

I get fed up with mid-east culture for wanting to flog and kill women any time a man gets a bee in his bonnet. A woman gets raped and they stone the woman. A woman let’s her class name a teddy bear and suddenly it’s ok to beat her.

WTF is wrong with people that they would even remotely think something like this is ok? Barbaric and hideously cruel culture. Theirs and ours.

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By anonymous, November 27, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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there’s a Steven Colbear story if i ever heard one

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By John F. Butterfield, November 27, 2007 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

This just goes to show that even the people of Islam can be stupid idiots.  What a stretch to see this as an insult!  One would have to believe that any child that shares the prophet’s name is an idol. How stupid can you get?

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By thomas billis, November 27, 2007 at 1:17 am Link to this comment
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If they have a problem with it they should deport her.I read where the Muslim faith is like Christianity in the 17th century and the more I read of both the more convinced I am that is correct.I doubt in 17th century Europe if I could have named anything Jesus.The Muslims and the Jews started the renaissance in Europe and the Muslims did not move ahead.Any suggestions from other commenters.

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By 1drees, November 27, 2007 at 12:46 am Link to this comment
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its actually stupid coz there are millions of people who are called Mohammed, or maybe we didnt really get the full news.

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By MrJRWebb, November 27, 2007 at 12:22 am Link to this comment

If not stupid, the teacher is grossly ignorant.  Respect for local culture is seriously lacking in all corners of the world. I don’t think the teacher should be flogged but a tongue lashing is in order.  Perhaps she should be recalled to Britain.  She’s obviously ill-prepared to teach in other cultures.

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