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02 December 2007

Gillian Gibbons Update: British Muslim Peers And Many More Moderate Muslims Make Sincere Show Of Solidarity Against Sudanese Stupidity ...


British Muslim Peers set to see Sudan president

Baroness Warsi and Lord Ahmed
Baroness Warsi and Lord Ahmed hope to resolve crisis

Two UK Muslim peers who are in Sudan to lobby for a jailed British teacher to be released will meet the president on Monday, a presidential aide has said.

Baroness Warsi [Conservative peer] and Lord Ahmed [Labour peer] have delayed their return to the UK and Lady Warsi said they had "made progress".
Read the rest of this report right here.

And there was more heartening news (or bad news for the ignorant, bigoted loony-fundy buffoons of both sides), as more of the moderate majority of UK Muslims took to the streets of London and made their way to the Sudanese embassy to protest and to show their sincere support for a fellow Brit.

See some more re: that show of sanity and solidarity.

And then there's this.

Dr Imad Hassan, 45, is a Sudanese doctor and writer with a PhD in comparative religious studies who has lived in Britain since 1991.

He feels that someone from the Sudanese community must speak out against the ruling, and is planning to organise a protest from fellow scholars.

"I feel insulted as a Muslim by the government of Sudan, not by Mrs Gibbons," he told the BBC. "Describing the lovely children's toy with the name of Muhammad is a compliment, it is not an insult.

"If my own son calls a teddy bear Muhammad I would not rebuke him, let alone a non-Muslim teacher accepting children's natural lovely choice.

Read the rest of this report.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:05 pm  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Let's all cross our fingers that common sense prevails and she's soon safe and sound back at home.

1:29 am  
Blogger RJ Adams said...

Personally, I don't believe buying and flaunting a teddy bear with the label, "My name is Muhammad", will help Gillian Gibbons one iota. It will add further fuel to the already blazing bonfire of insanity the world's media is fanning vigorously every day. Neither do I consider raising money for a campaign will really help, given the diplomatic efforts presently underway, though I'm sure it is all intended in good faith.

I'm with 'bootlean'. Let's hope she's soon home and the whole crazy drama can be quickly forgotten.

2:12 am  
Blogger Twilight said...

So far, so good then. Things are looking more optimistic for her.

As bootlean says -"fingers crossed!"

3:42 am  
Blogger gordo said...

As it turns out, it pays to be multicultural. Having Muslim MPs write on Mrs. Gibbons' behalf is likely to be more effective than simply having the foreign minister petition for her release. For one thing, it will be much harder for the government to dismiss their complaints as being the product of Western imperial arrogance.

8:05 am  
Blogger Richard said...

First off, the great news.

She's been pardoned.

Sendondly, I had my doubts before letting the T-shirt ad through but left it up because I thought it would show how some people always bring buks into even the worst situations, and that no readers here would ever part with cash to some "unknowns".

However, I admit I missed completely the "inflaming" thought as pointed out by JR. So it's going poof!

11:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The end of empires and colonialism along with the advent of easy, affordable air travel unavoidablr brough about the spread of much multicure in many places.

Like it or loathe it, accept it or don't, acknowledge it or deny it -t makes no difference, multiculturalism arrived along time ago - and where it did, it's going to remain.

I for one am all for it, for far too many reasons to list.

Bottom line is that in the long term, EVERYONE will benefit.

[steps off soapbox]

5:09 pm  

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