British teacher Gillian Gibbons, jailed in Sudan for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a writing project arrived home in the UK Tuesday after being pardoned and said she was “very upset to think that I might have caused offense to people.”
Unfortunately the fate of the teddy bear is not so clear. It might be reasonable to assume that the poor bear has since been jailed and lashed, and most probably beheaded following islamic traditions imposed upon those infidels that dare to insult the prophet Mohammed.
Gibbons said she didn’t want her experience “to put anyone off going to Sudan — in fact I know of a lovely school that needs a new Year Two teacher.”
I think if anyone has their rights wits about them they would stay well clear of the Sudan, and any other extremist regimes out there.
"The Sudanese president Al-Bashir insisted Gibbons had a fair trial, in which she was convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, but the president agreed to pardon her during the meeting with the British delegation, said Ghazi Saladdin, a senior presidential adviser."
How on earth can anyone claim a fair trial over a teddy bear"? The fact that there was a trial at all only serves to show how inept these people are. And worse, a mob were calling for execution? Like where have the Sudanese been for the last 10,000 years? Probably no-where, they are really just as ignorant, poor, and badly educated as they have always been.
In my own experiences in arab/muslim countries I have never experienced religious hostilities, but I did experience friction based more on the mixing of cultures - I am a westerner - I do not ride donkey's to work, I drive a car. I do not live in a tin and clay shack - I live in a brick and mortar house. I probably earn in a month what these people in Sudan and similar countries earn in a year. Does this make me the good guy and them the bad ones? Of course not - poverty DOES NOT = BAD, and it should never be used as an excuse to label people. However when you get groups of people uniting for extreme religious beliefs and acting upon those beliefs (the mob is stronger than the individual) life becomes hard for the normal guy who just wants to work and look after his family. Religious mobs terrorize the individual who is either with them or against them - and in places like the Sudan the religious mobs rule - not for their intelligence, not for their compassion or understanding, not for their outstanding community work - BUT FOR THEIR TERROR. Women in these places run by these religious fools are treated WORSE than animals.
So what is the point of this rhetoric? Fanatic religion has stunted the Sudan's growth and prosperity for centuries - and they will probably stay that way for centuries more.
The teddy bear case was not a simple mistake - the teacher Gibbons made no mistake, the teddy bear made no mistake, the school children made no mistake - what happened is that religiously motivated imbeciles demonstrated their levels of poisened hatred toward humanity - imbeciles - don't you all know yet? THERE IS NO GOD!
Many Muslim groups in the West had sharply criticized Gibbons’ arrest. On Monday, Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, welcomed her pardon.
“Gillian should never have been arrested in the first place, let alone held in jail. She had done nothing wrong,” he said. “It will be wonderful to see her back in the U.K. I am sure she will be welcomed by both Muslims and non-Muslims after her quite terrible ordeal at the hands of the Sudanese authorities.”
Well said, Inayat Bunglawala, I commend your thoughts, comments, and actions regarding this case. You are a true example of a clear minded and compasionate human being in a world in which we are sadly lacking enough examples. Great actions and decisions do not come from "great religions" - they come from great people. With or without religion what Inayat Bungalawala stated was the truth - clearly and openly, and no doubt he will earn derisive comments from the more fanatical religious elements, however he is totally correct, and at a time when other british politicians were just standing around repeating over and over "we respect muslims"....
How I would like to take those politicians and plop them down a in poor market place in the Sudan and see how they get out of that one alive. Their grey suits would amass a mob of people in no time - what would they do, stand around repeating that they respect muslims?
Understand the people and "perhaps" you can reach them - focus on their religions and you will never reach them. Empty words like "we respect muslims" from politians mouths are about as meaningful as giving a kid sweet wrappers but not the sweets.