Taking turning the other cheek too far

I won’t go into the genesis of the teddy bear kerfuffle, because I assume you know all about it, including the fact that a Sudanese court imprisoned a British woman for 15 days for naming a teddy bear Muhammad, an insult that apparently has the prophet rolling in his grave.

The teacher claims, with corroboration, that she named the bear after a student of the same name. It’s not surprising that she had a student of the same name, since it is the most popular boys’ name in the Muslim world. It kind of leaves you wondering whether it’s an insult to the Prophet if boys sharing his name go off and do bad things, really bad Muslim things like drinking alcohol.  Should they be killed for demeaning the Prophet’s name? This whole event is a reminder, if any is needed, that Islam is a weak and paranoid religion that cannot sustain itself through the strength of its ideas, but only through fear and intimidation (or, at least, that’s the way it perceives itself as seen through its own doctrine and conduct).

Anyway, all of the above is a digression.  What I really wanted to comment on is what the teacher’s son said in the wake of her 15 day sentence in a Sudanese prison for mis-naming a toy:

Her son, John, from Liverpool, has not yet been allowed to telephone her but was hoping to fly out to Sudan to visit her as soon as a visa could be arranged.

He stress that British people angered by his mother’s jail sentence should not turn against Muslims.

“I don’t not want this to lead to any anti-Muslims feeling in this country.

“Everyone has been very nice, we have had a lot of support from Muslims in Britain, in Sudan and across the world.

My fear, and one of my mother’s fears, is that this will result in resentment towards Muslim people. That is something I really hope does not happen and I am sure my mum feels the same way.” (Emphasis mine.)

Does John really believe that pandering statement or is he just saying it because his mother is being held hostage? I have to believe he means it, because he could just as easily have said nothing at all. Instead, when confronted with a religion that doctrinally requires his mother’s death, either directly or through flogging, he’s decided to say that nobody should think twice about the connection between his mother’s ordeal and Islam.

While I think John is right to point to those Muslims who have been supportive, the highlighted language in his little press statement is an invitation to ignore a serious problem in the world today — namely, that Muslim doctrine and practices are about 1,000 years out of step with the rest of the world. (And if you need any more evidence of that, just check out the obligatory Muslim mob.)

The disconnect between non-Muslims in Britain, as exemplified by John’s fatuous statement, and Muslims in Britain cannot be overemphasized:

Poll shows Muslims in Britain are the most anti-western in Europe

Public opinion in Britain is mostly favourable towards Muslims, but the feeling is not requited by British Muslims, who are among the most embittered in the western world, according to a global poll published yesterday.

The poll, by the Washington-based Pew Global Attitudes Project, asked Muslims and non-Muslims about each other in 13 countries. In most, it found suspicion and contempt to be mostly mutual, but uncovered a significant mismatch in Britain.

The poll found that 63% of all Britons had a favourable opinion of Muslims, down slightly from 67% in 2004, suggesting last year’s London bombings did not trigger a significant rise in prejudice. Attitudes in Britain were more positive than in the US, Germany and Spain (where the popularity of Muslims has plummeted to 29%), and about the same as in France.

Less than a third of British non-Muslims said they viewed Muslims as violent, significantly fewer than non-Muslims in Spain (60%), Germany (52%), the US (45%) and France (41%).

By contrast, the poll found that British Muslims represented a “notable exception” in Europe, with far more negative views of westerners than Islamic minorities elsewhere on the continent. A significant majority viewed western populations as selfish, arrogant, greedy and immoral. Just over half said westerners were violent. While the overwhelming majority of European Muslims said westerners were respectful of women, fewer than half British Muslims agreed. Another startling result found that only 32% of Muslims in Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews, compared with 71% of French Muslims.

Across the board, Muslim attitudes in Britain more resembled public opinion in Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia than elsewhere in Europe. And on the whole, British Muslims were more pessimistic than those in Germany, France and Spain about the feasibility of living in a modern society while remaining devout.

I understand the above to mean that, while John is joining with your average Briton in saying that Islam had nothing to do with what is happening with his mother, it’s almost certain that your average Muslim in Britain, rather than agreeing with him, would be happy to join the Sudanese mob baying for her blood.

As long as a country seems to be constitutionally incapable of recognizing a problem, it cannot deal with that problem, and it will die.  In other words, denial isn’t just a Muslim controlled river in Egypt.

What I hope is that when Gibbons is safely released, she denounces what happened in the strongest terms.  What I suspect is that, either because she is given over to PC indoctrination or because she is afraid of future assassination, she will say only nice things about a religion that wants only the worst for the West.


17 Responses

  1. John is the product of politically correct brainwashing. Do you remember the BBC journalist kidnapped in Gaza who thanked Hamas upon his release for being so helpful and terrific? It is willful blindness.

  2. The British Intelligensia have accepted the Communist curse that British Imperialism has crushed the masses of the world into paste. The individuals who believe that they are the soul of England believe that England has hurt the world. Nothing that the British Empire did or stood for is valid. (That means; sanitation, rule by law, education, economic development, and, of course, I forgot, aid in becoming independent nations)
    Remember, Lenin studied in the libraries of London.
    The BBC and all the rest have the same attitude toward their country as the Liberal Dems have toward the US. We are the bad ones. Of course the poor downtrodden muslims would want to behead the teacher for naming a teddy bear Mohamid. She must have wanted to insult the Prophet.
    Just to bring up again, for the 10 to the infinite time,
    “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” If the Muslims are insulted by a word that appears out of place, then they do not belong in the Twenty First Century.

  3. Al, in a sad way, your post reminds me of a wonderful bit of dialog from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Just imagine it’s Brits taking about other Brits, instead of silly Pythonesque Bible era Jews talking about Romans.

    Reg: They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers’ fathers.
    Loretta: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
    Reg: Yeah.
    Loretta: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
    Reg: Yeah. All right, Stan. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!
    Xerxes: The aqueduct?
    Reg: What?
    Xerxes: The aqueduct.
    Reg: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that’s true. Yeah.
    Commando 3: And sanitation.
    Loretta: Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like.
    Reg: Yeah. All right. I’ll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.
    Matthias: And the roads!
    Reg: Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don’t they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads–
    Commando: Irrigation.
    Xerxes: Medicine.
    Commandos: Huh? Heh? Huh…
    Commando 2: Education.
    Commandos: Ohh…
    Reg: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
    Commando 1: And the wine.
    Commandos: Oh, yes. Yeah…
    Francis: Yeah. Yeah, that’s something we’d really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.
    Commando: Public baths.
    Loretta: And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.
    Francis: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let’s face it. They’re the only ones who could in a place like this!
    Commandos: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
    Reg: But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
    Xerxes: Brought peace?
    Reg: Oh, pea– Shut up!

  4. […] up to the insane Islamic intolerance that’s currently rearing its head in the Sudan. (See this post below for my take on the subject.) Someone has set up a business marketing cute little stuffed bears that […]

  5. How politically incorrect of you to bring that up at a time like this, BW!

  6. BW,
    I had not seen that particular sketch. Yes, exactly.

  7. I believe that many people in Europe are psychologically preparing themselves, through self-rationalization, for the submission that comes with dhimmitude.

    One of the questions that nobody seems to be willing to ask is what was that woman doing in Sudan in the first place? I am sure that she saw it as an exotic multi-cultural adventure whereby she would contribute to peace and understanding between peoples blah, blah, blah. I am not sure that her experience will be enough to dislodge her from her ideological world view. It is just as likely that she will rationalize it by blaming herself and western society in some way.

    Although the number in the U.S. is smaller, it is growing as well – just scan the attitudes of the Left on U.S. campuses and you will see similar attitudes. Some people, sad to say, seem wired to rationalize and accept slavery as their natural standing in life.

  8. Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States are essentially parasitic organisms that rely upon Western education, technology, and skills to stay afloat. I don’t find it surprising that they would employ many Westerners in such a location.

    Hey, if the world was safe, Blackwater would be out of a job.

    Some people, sad to say, seem wired to rationalize and accept slavery as their natural standing in life.

    Most people are born followers. That is how human evolution set it up. A hierarchy with most of the members being leaders would self-destruct soon. This is kind of why communism and socialism failed. Evolution dictated that humanity must have leaders and those that are superior to the majority, whether through birth, skills, merit, luck, or whatever. Regardless of how powerful revolutionaries think theyr ideology is, it ain’t more powerful than the hardwiring of the human species through evolution.

  9. A lot of Brits are fanatically loyal to the idea that American Imperialism is a bad thing. That because Britain’s history with the iRA, this means that America’s fight with terrorists is futile without negotiations. It is really a case of displacing their shame unto us. They project what they see as their own problems, unto us. Americans would never have let the problems get to the point where the IRA could have stepped into the power vacuum. Britain has had as long a time as America has had dealing with rebels and internal problems. Remember the Civil War? Americans solved their problems through violence. It just so happens that the Brits weren’t nearly as competent using violence to solve their own problems.

    Does this then mean that America will go the way of the British Empire? Two different things. Their analysis of America is sourced too much from their guilt over what Britain did in the past.

  10. I have a very simple equation that people should use in war. For every one of you they kill, insult, or injure, repay that a thousand fold upon your attackers.

  11. Every so often I find my opinions to appear worrisomely ‘pc’, at least here! But I’ll go ahead with my opinion…

    This woman voluntarily chose to live and work in this country where harsh Islamic law is in effect.

    I’ve always thought national sovereignty is paramount. Every country has its own system of law, and you can find, in any country, a law that you consider outrageous. I find Singapore’s harsh caning laws to be an outrage, and the Saudi Arabian practice of hand-chopping, head-chopping, and stoning to be an outrage as well.

    However, many Europeans and others find our own death-penalty laws to be a violation of universal human rights.

    I’ll let Singapore, Saudi Arabia, etc, etc, be themselves, and we will continue to be ourselves. If you live in our country, you’ll be subject to any of our laws that you find draconian; and if you live in Sudan, you’d better be prepared for their version of outrageously harsh Islamic law to be in effect on you.

    If your family comes here to the USA and you burn your sister alive as an honor killing, you’d better be prepared to suffer OUR punishment. Naming a teddy bear Mohammed… the lady might have wondered if the rigidly theocratic, fanatically religiously sensitive authorities might not have seen that as a provocative action by a worthless infidel?

    In any case, it’s yet another reminder why I don’t want to travel to any such country mired in its Dark-Ages culture of vicious, inhuman, racist, intolerant attitudes.

  12. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This should have been a no-brainer.

  13. I’ll believe the son’s story about all the lovely moderate Muslims who’ve contacted him with support for Mum, WHEN THEY DO IT IN PUBLIC. Quietly providing private gestures doesn’t get credit anymore……I’m sure there were lots of Germans who thought the murder of 6 million Jews was just awful. The only ones I’m willing to honor are those who took an actual risk and acted on their fine feelings – either speaking out, or better yet, taking in some real live Jews. I hold moderate Muslims to the same standard, today. Act on what you believe, or I’m not willing even to accept that you exist.

  14. Mike,

    If in fact Sudan has a law about naming teddy bears, it is probably not the first thing one would learn about the country. I bet that if the principal had quietly explained that this might be offensive, this teacher would have would have gone back to her class, suggested they change the name, and made the episode into a tolerance lesson. That is not what this episode was about. It was about power and intimidation.

    Recall that the Taliban outlawed kites in Afghanistan, jihadis in Somalia forbad watching soccer on TV (tell that to the Iraqis), and that some AQ thug started roughing up women in Iraq for keeping cucumbers and tomatoes next to one another. The thugs make up rules as they go. It is not our responsibility to know what might possibly offend. It is their responsibility to learn how to discuss differences and resolve problems in a civilized manner.

  15. I certainly agree that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Since you are living in Sudan amongst jihadists, obviously what you should do is to kill them, and do it first. That is whatt is expected of you, is it not?

  16. Hi expat,
    You know, I agree with you! But I do quibble, sort of, about one thing:

    “The thugs make up rules as they go. It is not our responsibility to know what might possibly offend. It is their responsibility to learn how to discuss differences and resolve problems in a civilized manner.”

    The problem with a “theocracy police” is that they simply DON’T resolve problems in a civilized manner. And there is no discussion. Whoever is currently in charge gets to enforce their own unique vision of what the Book says. They’re never interested in dialogue, conversion, agreement, or mutual resolutions.

    Thank God for our own enlightened Founding Fathers, who saw fit to create a system of law based on Christian principles, rather than instituting a theocratic police force. I say this because a theocracy police always devolves down to the Rule Of Man, rather than the Rule Of Law. Whoever is in charge of the theocracy police gets to be God, basically. Again I say, Thank God for our Founding Fathers!

  17. “They’re never interested in dialogue, conversion, agreement, or mutual resolutions.”

    Er, I meant “conversation”, not “conversion”. I don’t know if that counts as a Freudia slip or not. 😉

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