Giving us a little intercultural perspective, Friendly Atheist asks: Why is it blasphemy to call a teddy bear Mohammed but ok to give that name to a Muslim child? What are the naming rules in Islam? He goes to Slate for the answer – and it’s very illuminating.
But if you’re in the Middle East, you won’t ever hear anyone calling out, “Hey, Mohammed” to a friend on the street.
And for all that (some) Americans are saying “Hey, Jesus is a name, too…” How many Anglo-Americans name their kid “Jesus”? And you never hear an English speaking parent yell, “JESUS! IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BUTT OUTTA THAT PUDDLE I’M GOING TO TURN IT BLACK AND BLUE! JESUS! YOU HEAR ME?!?!?”
Nope. Ain’t gonna happen. Cuz you know Bill Donahue (aka the Entire Catholic League) would be all over that Mother’s backside.