When a talented and caring Liverpool school teacher wanted to make a difference, she decided to go volunteer teach in Sudan. Things were moving along for her quite well until one day she let her school kids pick a name for some stuffed pet animals. The name that they chose for a particular teddy bear was "Mohammed."
Just to show you, cherished reader, yet again another insight into the twisted mind of your typical Muslim, this school teacher is now looking at 6 months in a Sudanese prison, or 40 lashes, for "insulting the image of the Prophet" [may his name be disgraced]. Author Joan Smith writes about it in the Independent UK online. The piece is entitled Islam and the modern world don't mix.
While it seems like Ms. Smith is pointing out the bloody obvious, she elucidates Islam's basic contradictions that preclude it from ever comingling with a modern civilization.
|Once again, secular people around the world are left reeling at the capacity of Islam to discern "insult" in the most innocuous behaviour. At one level, this sequence of events is preposterous; I'm sure there are plenty of genuine crimes to worry about in Sudan without wasting time pursuing a woman whose good intentions are manifest.|
But the significance of the case goes beyond the individuals concerned,highlighting aspects of Islam as it is currently practised in countries such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia and promoted in some European mosques which are incompatible with the modern world. One is the role of honour, which has repeatedly been used to legitimise furious over-reactions to everything from the naming of a toy to instances of women and gay people demanding autonomy over their bodies.
Ever since the outcry over The Satanic Verses nearly two decades ago, I have watched Muslim men (they almost always are men) use the claim that their honour has been insulted as an excuse for disgraceful and frequently criminal behaviour. Salman Rushdie "insults" the Prophet: burn his books. Danish cartoonists display a lack of respect for Islam: attack Danish embassies. A British Muslim girl wants to marry the "wrong" man: kill her for shaming the family. A Saudi rape victim complains that her attackers got off too lightly: increase her sentence (for being in a car with a man who wasn't her husband) to 200 lashes.
The values that we have, our core beliefs, aren't congruent with those of our brethren in the middle east. That is the crux of the problem and one, that I feel, is insurmountable.