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Judge and Accountability - 2 Cents
Posted by: Mark Nichols

28 Nov 2007

Here's a link to an article on personal responsibility. A cell phone went off, a room full of convicts wouldn't "snitch" and the perpetrator wouldn't admit guilt... so the judge locked up everyone. It must have been frustrating for the judge to be sitting there and witnessing what is essentially a prison culture kind of a thing - no snitching, and no admitting of guilt. Extreme punishment, yes. But frustrating for the judge, too.
© 2007 Dime Brothers
Category: Civics 101    

Reader Comments:

Sudan and "that teacher"
I feel compelled to write about that teacher in Sudan who had her students name a bear Mohammed. "Fundamentalists" want her killed, blaming her for influencing those children. I can't say I'm an expert on Islam, but if the Muslim kids don't know they shouldn't be naming a bear Mohammed, then shouldn't their parents be punished? Kinda sounds like these fundamentalists want to take away personal responsibility, too! Or if they don't know, maybe it's because it's not really a big deal, and these fundamentalists are really just trying to itch their "Let's kill people who aren't like us" desire.

It's just absurd that people think she should be punished at all. But I guess I only think that way because I can't see why it's wrong to name things like bears Mohammed but not people. We name things after people to honor them, usually. Do any buildings carry the name "Mohammed" in the Islamic world?
30 Nov 2007
"That teacher"
I had a different take. How in the world did that teacher not know that naming a teddy bear Mohammed would be a bad thing? Punish her, punish the parents, punish everyone! :)
30 Nov 2007
The Teacher
Here's a quote from another article about the teacher who got arrested in Sudan: "Muslim scholars generally agree that intent is a key factor in determining if someone has violated Islamic rules against insulting the prophet." If this statement is true, then it seems correct for her to receive a pardon (and she shouldn't have been convicted in the first place).

On another note, can anyone in the world agree on the spelling of Muhammad? I originally got the spelling from an article somewhere. Now I see it's different.
03 Dec 2007

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