Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Islam vs. the Blasphemous Teddy Bear

Gillian Gibbons discovered that Sudan isn't Liverpool. She
committed blasphemy
, by letting her class of seven-year-olds name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

She was teaching in a private school, teaching Muslims and Christians.

Is This What It'll Take to Get Along?

I think I have a way for western women teaching in Islamic regions to avoid committing blasphemy.
  • Put a cloth over your head, hemmed to reach the ground
  • Say nothing
  • Do nothing
  • Hope that you're mistaken for a coat rack
Unless coat racks are blasphemous, too.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.