Should the parents of the popular boy be lashed for naming their son after the prophet? After all, if they'd named their son Ishmael, then the civilized world would not be in an uproar over a teddy bear named Ishmael.
"Isam Abu Hasabu, chairman of Unity High School’s parent teacher association, said: “The whole thing boiled down to a cultural misunderstanding. In our culture we don’t know the bear as a cuddly symbol of mercy.”"
Ah, that explains it. These people riot in the streets because they grew up surrounded by hatred and religious blame and not with cuddly teddy bears. Have they never heard of Harlow's experiments in the Sudan? Apparently not.
Given a choice between religion and love, I'd choose love every time. Unfortunately, all too often that is the choice – religion or love, religion or tolerance, religion or humanism, religion or just plain getting along with our fellow man.
bigotry, religion, teacher, Gillian Gibbons, Islam, Mohammed, Sudan,