Friday, November 30, 2007

Not a Teddy Bear's Picnic

The fact that Gillian Gibbons has been sentenced to fifteen days in prison, followed by deportation, seems to indicate that the Sudanese government are sensitive to international opinion, whilst trying to placate those who wanted a prosecution in the first place.
What is incredible is the lack of tolerance, well none at all really, towards a westerner who inadvertently stepped across a tiny and hidden line on a sensitive and unknown clash of culture (i.e. some muslims believe that giving names like Mohammed to anything other than a human boy is idolatory, whilst some muslim and many western children give their teddy bears and dolls names after their heroes).
Still it could have been worse and the fact it hasn't been means that we can breathe a sigh of relief

1 comment:

Man in a Shed said...

Paul - this type of issue is used frequently in Muslim countries to oppress Christian minorities.

Its not a theological issue - its bullying and subjugation.

Things are far worse in places like Pakistan and Iraq.

Its a shame their are no Christian countries or leaders willing to stand up for oppressed Christians.