Friday, November 30, 2007


A British teacher in Sudan asks her class of seven-year-olds what to call their teddy bear mascot, and the kids vote to name it "Mohammed." As a result, the teacher is convicted of the crime of "insulting Islam" and is sentenced to 15 days in a Sudanese jail and deportation. She could have received 40 lashes under Sudanese law.

According to the Daily Mail, thousands of Sudanese protested in the streets of Khartoum. They weren't protesting on the side of the teacher--no, they were wielding knives and clubs, screaming for her execution.

I am gravely concerned about how Western Civilization and Islam will be able to coexist as long as this kind of thing keeps occurring. Some refer to a "clash of civilizations," but that requires the existence of two civilizations. I'm not sure the Sudanese reaction qualifies as representing any civilization.

God help the world if Christians, Hindus and Buddhists should decide that "an eye for an eye" is a more appropriate reaction to Islamic fanaticism than "turn the other cheek."

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