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Monday, December 03, 2007

 
The Bear Facts

Musing over the Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case, on a recent airing of The View Barbara Walters wonders if a similar outcry would have erupted if in the United States a teacher had named a teddy bear "Jesus" Hot Air has the video here.

The chief failure is that these women don't realize that the bear was named after a boy named Mohammed, not after the Islamic prophet. Thus an apples-to-apples comparison is never established. Christians understand that the Mohammed bear was named in an act of affection, and woudl view a Jesus bear parallel in a similar light.

The Viewmistresses did mention that there are Latino boys named Jesus (pronounced "hay-ZOOS"), and they seem to understand is a common Latino name, and that Anglos aren't demanding that people be executed for it. We've got no room to complain, anyway; our "Joshua" comes closer than Jee-zus or Hay-zoos to the original Hebrew name (Yeshua). Naming boys Emmanuel or Immanuel, a symbolic name given explicitly to Jesus, doesn't draw any public ire, either - especially not from Kantians :-)

They also fail to note that not even intentional anti-Christian sacrilege does not draw the sort of literal bloodthirstiness that perceived anti-Islamic activity draws.

If anything, the ACLU would have been breathing fire on the teacher for violating "separation of church and state" for naming a bear after Jesus. Joy Behar may have alluded to this when she stated that "there are other groups in public schools who may object to the fact that you're giving preferential treatment to the teddy bear." Has speaking the name of the ACLU become politically incorrent, along the lines of the taboo on Lord Voldemort's name?

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