Comments:British teacher faces 40 lashes over teddy bear's name
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What a shame or should I say SHAM.
The crutch of the allegation against this teacher is that she disrespected someone's culture.
How about the teacher's culture? Where is any respect for her? Should she have the chance to respond? Should she be used as a political puppet? What a childish and vindictive approach to a misunderstanding.
Is life so boring there that berating this teacher has become public sport?
If these so-called men of religion have any compassion...it's time to show it now!
How about growing up?
- You seem to forget as many other people (and this article too) miss Gillian Gibbons is also mother Gillian Gibbons, a woman of religion. Jacques Divol 07:36, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
Really? 40 lashes for a word. I don't mean to sound culturaly insensitive but it sounds like these people don't really deserve much respect. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:58, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
- IMHO: Is this stupid? Yes. Is this right? Yes. She went over there knowing where she was going and the rules and customs of the people. If she didn't know what she was getting herself in to then she shouldn't have gone. Saying that though, I hope that their courts will show some sort of tolerance in their judgement seeing as she is not 'born and bred'.
- If we demand that she be pardoned for her crime (yes... as stupid as it seems to us, this is a crime in the country she decided to go to) then we must also pardon all the 'Easterners' that come to the West and commit murder under the banner of 'honour killings'. And accept the terrorists who believe in waging a Jihad against the West to convert us all to their culture. Afterall, it is their 'culture' to be that way.
- IMHO, no one should assume the right to travel to a foreign country and expect that country to conform to the culture you left behind just because you've arrived. You travel to a stupid country with stupid rules and you get what you pay for. Shane.Bell 08:51, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
The article claims at the present time that it was the children who selected the name, though. Wouldn't they be Muslims? Shouldn't *they* be being charged under the laws of this land as well? And why is it that this book managed to be completed before the parents complained? There seem to be flaws in the version of events that we are given. The other thing I note is that almost every Muslim person mentioned in this article is called Mohammad or some variant. Why is it culturally acceptable to name a wailing baby after the prophet, but not a stuffed animal? 18.104.22.168 11:09, 29 November 2007 (UTC) (Furius on wikipedia... a random lurker on wikinews)
It is a frickin' stuffed bear. Why does its name matter. Also, isn't it a good thing for the kids to name it after someone that they think thay should respect? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:45, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
In my viewpoint, We, Muslims , shouldn't be fanatists to such an extent. All the westerm world knows quite well that our prophet Mouhammed is the teacher of all humanity, the savior of all people from a severe ignorance and illusion . so, We shouldn't scuffle over trivial issues that may arise . Islam needs to spread all over the world to save those who indulge in sins and infidelity from the Hell and to convey to them the teachings of our tolerant religion and show them Islam is the outlet for them from their suffering and miserable life, Islam is the real path for all universe to be in proper harmony ,to tell all people that If you want to save yourself from irrationality , embrace islam.so, there is no need to pay any attention to anyone who tries foolishly to offend Islam , the only excuse for such persons is that they are ignorant of Islam. let's pray for them to know the right way of religion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 12:30, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
The recent case of Ms Gibbons in Sudan - a shock to the international community
This backward and underdeveloped country should be instructed by the civilized international community what type of law is standard and that the so-called Sharia "law" might, perhaps, have been a "law" in an Islamic country a millennium ago, and not in the 21st century.
The female teacher acted in a standard professional manner when choosing a name for the toy. This is beyond any doubt and unquestionable for normal people.
She should be given an international team of lawyers to defend her and demonstrate absurdity of the "case".
Since, however, the Sudanese "law" and government cannot be trusted, the best option is that the British Home Office react properly and immediately to get her out of Sudan at any cost, using every available means. In case of any difficulties in doing so, the UNO should be involved to impose all possible bans and restrictions on Sudan. Sudan deserves a full isolation from the international community even for this single misdeed. Sudan has demostrated by this single action that it has become incompatible with the civilized world. —188.8.131.52 02:57, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
What's in a name ?
Naming of a teddy bear after a prophet is definitely a sensitive issue.But one has to analyse whether there was any malicious intention behind that.If that was only a part of the school assignment,the teacher and the children may be quite innocent. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 09:44, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
I have got something very important to clarify which is: Muslims allover the world, of whom I am one, love, appreciate, and even adore their prophet "Muhamad" to a certain degree that no one can imagine. Which can be the only reason for All Muslims' denial and refusal for any sort of insult regarding their beloved Prophet. ---- 220.127.116.11 14:40, 25 May 2008 (UTC)