Friday, November 30, 2007
Cafferty: Teddy bear outrage?
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What does it say about the Muslim religion when some want a teacher put to death for allowing children to name a teddy bear Mohammed?
The thing that makes me angry about wanting the teacher killed for naming the teddy bear Mohammed: obviously these people missed the point that a teddy bear is an endearing object to children and it should be viewed as a compliment, not an insult to name this toy that name. If they had named a pet snake the same, then there would be cause for problem. -Derek in Birmingham, Alabama

The furor in Sudan over the naming of the teddy bear doesn't say anything about the Muslim religion, only that some nuts are practicing Muslims. -Jim, Scottsdale, Arizona

Jack, I think the Muslim outcry about a teddy bear name "Mohammad" cries of disparity. On one hand, they cry foul because their children idolize the name of their prophet by naming the bear which causes a revolt. In the next breath they are strapping on suicide vests blowing up innocent civilians in the name of Jihad. -David, Miamisburg, Ohio

What does it say about Islam that this teacher was taken prisoner? It speaks very clearly that Islam is in need of a reformation. It speaks very clearly that moderate Muslims need to take to the streets and take back their religion from those who have brought it into darkness.
-Symeon

Is it time for the U.S. to rethink "Don't ask, Don't tell" when it comes to gays in the military?
Jack, Of course it's time to remove this silliness. Britain & Israel & most other European countries don't even think it's such a big deal. A straight friend once told me that his commanding officer in Nam was gay, no one cared, all his "guys" loved him & didn't give it much thought. -Russ, Oxford, New Jersey

It is absolutely time for don't ask don't tell to be repealed. The military has already lowered standards for age, physical shape, and having a criminal record. So why not allow gays to serve openly, our soldiers are professional enough to handle it. -Matt, Indianapolis, Indiana

"Don't ask, Don't tell" is nothing but dressed-up prejudice. Since gays and lesbians are already permitted to serve in the military, the policy of "Don't ask, Don't tell" does nothing but continue a policy of government funded discrimination. -Roxie, Moorhead, Minnesota

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel calls the Bush White House "one of the most arrogant, incompetent" administrations ever. Is he right?
There is no doubt that Senator Hagel's comments are absolutely spot on. We have never been so hated around the world as we are now. This is all due to one person and his administration: George W. Bush. The next president has a lot of cleaning up to do. -Melton, San Rafael, California

Jack, I've never written to a news organization in this manner but your question regarding the Bush administration's incompetence struck a chord. I'm 52 years old and have seen many presidents come and go. I've live overseas and had to deal with the effects of the Bush policies. I would say unequivocally that King George's administration has been without doubt the worst in terms of its' impact on our country. We will pay dearly in the coming decades for his arrogance and stubbornness. -J., Orlando, Florida

Absolutely correct... I only hope that the opening statement from our new president is "I'm sorry for what the past eight years has brought the world, I can't wait to make it better." -Benjamin, Crested Butte, Colorado
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/30/2007 06:42:00 PM ET | Permalink
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