Sudan charged British teacher Gillian Gibbons with inciting religious hatred – a crime punishable by 40 lashes – because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a class project.
I think that Gillian Gibbons acted without malice. Yet she is suffering the consequences of our tolerance with people who have collectively reified some ancient myth about a “god” and its “prophet” to the extend of clear and present danger.
For crying out load, it was her students – little Muslims – who named the toy! I guess Ms. Gibbons should not have allowed her students to name the teddy Mohammad. But for her own safety; not to merely avoid the unfounded wrath of the gullible. When among complete idio… when among believers, one should take meticulous care not to insult the non-existent.
“Kill her! Kill her by firing squad!”, chanted the mobs. Respect Islam? Respect religion? Yeah. Right.
I, for one, cannot and will not respect an idiotology (sic) that condemns a teacher for naming a teddy, nay, for allowing a teddy to be named – irrespective of the circumstances!
Certain “rights” cannot be respected. It is indeed a rocky road, this disrespect, but our world simply can no longer respect and protect idiotologies such as religion. Like we cannot respect drug and substance abuse, child molestation, crime…
What happened to Gillian Gibbons is no less abominable than what happened to Theo van Gogh.