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28 November 2007

Minority Fundy Muslim Madness:Liverpool Schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons Arrested And Held In Sudan ...


Shown below is one of we (world famously, liberal) Liverpudlians' own 'scouser' sisters, super-special schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons.

And shown below is a sample of the sheer (as well as serious), stupidity of somebody somewhere in the hierarchy in Sudan who should know better.
Teacher charged over teddy row

Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons said she made an "innocent mistake"

A British teacher has been charged in Sudan with insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that charges have been laid against Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool.

She was arrested in Khartoum after allowing her class of primary school pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said he will summon the Sudanese ambassador "as a matter of urgency".
And so he so & so should do - sodding soon.

Some things never seem to change do they? Every single religion has it's share of shorted sighted simpletons, serially set on starting some sort of strife where there's so obviously absolutely no need to.

This time it's the turn of a 'must make a point' PC crazy, minority group of manifestly (misguided) fundamentalist Muslims in Sudan.

Read the rest of this ridiculous report right here.

Then, if it's at all possible for anyone reading here to pass on a personal message from This Old Brit - please pass this to any & all of those who may have helped cause this completely uncalled for crises in Khartoum.

Grow up, for God and Allah's sakes. Grow up and start acting like reasonable, responsible adults.

Have you never heard of 'Scouse-Power'? Of 'Blood Brothers'? Or of our ancient, proud multicultural city's own personal anthem -- "You'll Never Walk Alone"?

We say again, grow up.

And we've saved our final few words for one of Britain's best respected and most widely recognised moderate Muslims, Mohammed Shafiq, who even as we type is actively seeking to ellict some semblence of common sense from the powers that be in Sudan.

Kudos, to you, young Mr Shafiq.


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Blogger Richard said...

Re: Fault in formatting and side bar slipping down below. Best ask blogger not us. Since it seems it's been behaving itself for too long, and suddenly decided to go back to behaving like a raving robotic barmpot again.

8:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard, you're so right. This is the kind of stupidity that can only serve to stir up trouble between Muslims and Christians.

I note from your local newspaper's latest report that your city's top Christian and Muslim guys are also working together on this stupid [and needless] sorry state of affairs.

I wish them - and Mr Shafiq - lots of luck.

Here's your local paper's update on the situation.

8:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic or what? It was Gillian's love of other cultures that sent her to Sudan. Some culture she found, eh?

9:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading between the lines of this story it's apparent that those who started this trouble are the same type that do the same thing in America.

The school was a fee paying one, meaning that the parents who complained so loudly were all from the wealthy and (as per usual) most hyocritical class.

One has to wonder why, if these people are so religious, they choose to spend large amounts of money on private schooling rather than use it to try to help the vast numbers of their fellow Muslim countrymen who are in such dire, dire straights.

(Saying one has to wonder, is obviously just a figure of speech since we all know why. They're members of the international 'Money but no soul' brigade.

9:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious and rascist nutters abound. They come in all stripes.

Seen the latest extremist scumbag's carryings on in Oz?

11:09 pm  
Blogger mshafiq said...


I am Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadhan Foundation, many thanks for your kind words about the work that I do, it is so important that we work together to build understandings between our communities and not allow others to divide us.

I am always grateful for the support, best wishes and prayers I receive from many people.

Only together can we live in harmony.

10:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard the latest, Richard?

They've JAILED her.

UK teacher jailed over teddy row

Britain said the incident was an 'innocent misunderstanding'

A British teacher has been found guilty in Sudan of insulting religion after she allowed her primary school class to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to 15days in prison and will then be deported.

She had been accused on three counts of insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs.

The Foreign Office said it was extremely disappointed by the verdict. Her lawyer says she will now appeal.

I have called in the Sudanese ambassador this evening to explain the decision and to discuss next steps

The Sudanese ambassador is being called back to the Foreign Office to explain the decision.

Strewth, Richard! You choose an apt word in your piece headline - MADNESS. This is, and has been destined to be from the start, a lose-lose situation. And did not have to be. Is it any wonder that the ever ready " I told you so" hot-head brigade jump all over this sort of stupidity?

Here's the latest if you haven't already read it.

(If only there were more 'sane' people like yourself and Mr Shafiq)

8:53 pm  
Blogger Twilight said...

I've read the articles and comments with dismay. What kept nagging at the back of my own mind was picked up by one of the comments on (I think) a Sudanese blog - the children chose the name, the eacher didn't impose it or even suggest it, as far as we know. The comment:

"How on earth would a British teacher know that naming the teddy bear Muhammed would insult our prophet, especially that 20 out of the 23 children CHOSE to name the teddy bear Mohammed and she wasn't the one naming it?"

I hope the British government can force the Sudanese authorities to change their minds. Deportation, if imposed, would seem to be a relief, in my view, but this lady would probably prefer to stay in Sudan to follow her calling.

Or perhaps not, after this.

Hope you'll keep us informed Richard. :-)

12:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is good and bad in this.

No matter what the charge or the official punishment imposed not everybody comes out of religious prison. That's the bad for anybody charged under sharia law.

The good is that British Muslims are showing that Islam is not a unified set of fascist theocrats. Good on them. I hope the rest of the world is paying attention.

Here's hoping the good lady gets retrieved by your people with no injuries.

12:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bootlean, sanity seems to be at a premium here, it gets crazier and crazier the more i find out about it.

A guy on the news has said that the school was a Christian school .... but that there were more Muslims enrolled there than there where Muslims.

How crazy is that? Muslim sends child to Christian school - Christian teacher lets Muslim kid named Muhammad nominate bear be called the same name as himself - all kids (or nearly all) agree it's a great idea.

One of teacher's "colleagues" puts in complaint to authorities -- long time after event.

Didn't the Muslim parents bring there kids up "proper" in the first place - to know about the "name insult" thingee?

And WHY send their kids to a Christian school in the first place if they're so touchy? A shool with "foriegn" and Christian teachers? And these people are supposedly devout?

The whole thing stinks to high heaven. It sounds like the teacher has been set up by another teacher - for some reason or other. I just wish I could find out what religion and nationality the clat-tale-tit was.

Whoever it was needs a few short, sharp lashes with a strap or cane across the arse themselves.

12:50 am  
Blogger Sophia said...

I found this story sad. Muslims clearly missed a chance here. What a wonderful way of westernising the prophet than give his name to a teddy bear ?

Hopwever one must uderstand that this kind of items, teddy bears and other puppets, even though they are available to Muslim children through a rampant globalisation in which culturel items are homogenised in total ignorance of local cultures and beliefs, aren't yet part of the system of beliefs in which a bear is not seen as a noble enough creature to personify the prophet. But believe me one day they will be because globalisation will triumph of every difference...

8:55 pm  

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