Monday, December 3, 2007

A Final Word

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed in Sudan for naming a teddy bear Muhammad, has been released. I suppose it all turned out about as well as it could have, given the initial circumstances, but it's a really depressing incident. Gillian herself keeps apologizing for (and to!) Islam, saying she respects the religion and hopes people don't lose respect for it because of her case.

Gillian - WHY do you respect Islam? Can anyone give me a good reason? Sure, Muslims can be nice people, but it seems that the further they are from strict Islamic principles, the more respect I have for them. In other words, the more they reject their own faith the more highly I regard them. Islam is not a religion of peace, and this case proves it. It is a religion of oppression, violence, and submission.

I'm pleasantly surprised to see Prime Minster Gordon Brown say

it was "completely wrong" that Mrs Gibbons had been detained, and described her imprisonment as "completely unacceptable".
Hopefully Brown continues to be critical of all forms of inhumanity and oppression, whether they are veiled behind the all too often impenetrable shield of faith or not.

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