• Thu, Mar 7 2013

French Mom Finds Herself In Hot Water After Sending Her Toddler Jihad To School With ‘I Am A Bomb’ 9-11 Shirt

9-11 shirtBouchra Bagour, a 35-year-old mother, seems to have dressed her toddler in too much of hurry for the comfort of France. Bagour took her 3-year-old named Jihad to nursery school and dropped him off in a shirt that read “I Am A Bomb.” Perhaps this would not have been so explosive and clearly racially charged had the shirt not read “Jihad, born on 11 September” on the back.

The BBC reports that the mother has been put on trial in Avignon for ”glorifying crime” along with her brother, Zeyad Bagour, who gave the T-shirt to the toddler. Brother and sister denied “defending terrorism.”

Uncle Zeyad told the court:

“It’s the day his birth I wanted to highlight, not the year.”

Other reports have the uncle saying:

“We were never trying to claim responsibility for [the 9/11 attacks] or defend a cause.”

The mother maintains that she dressed her son “without stopping to think about it.” Though, she does call the decision “tactless.” Her son was born on September 11th and — goodness forbid — has the name Jihad. Obviously, the mother should have checked with everyone’s xenophobia meter before dressing her kid named Jihad in his birthday shirt.

In a post September 11th world, we’re all fairly aware of the term “jihad” as being defined as “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty,” or ”a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline,” or “a crusade for a principle or belief.”  But in Arabic, the word also translates to “struggle.” It’s also generally used as a boy’s name.

The prosecution sees the garment as a “direct and scandalous allusion to terrorism.” They’re asking for a fine of 1,000 euros to the mother and 3,000 euros to the uncle who had the gall to gift the shirt. They reportedly could face face up to five years in prison and fines of up to 45,000 euros –each. The trial — or rather much ado about nothing — will continue next month.

(photo: SmileStudio / Shutterstock)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

    Wait, so the shirt says “I am a bomb” and has the date of a major terrorist attack on it? OK, that person is just stupid not to think that’d garner negative reactions (although I’m appealed that she’s being charged with a crime)

    • chickadee

      Under French law, one can be charged for condoning a crime. And as Veronique pointed out, France has a lot of religious tension to deal with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

    stupidist thing to say, especially in france, where the tensions between muslims and white french are already tense!

  • belongtotoday

    Good. This is what too many Muslims do. They stir the pot and then whine when any consequences come down as though it’s a ‘racist’ (being Muslim isn’t a race, it’s a religion) or ‘Islamophobic’ (just because something is inappropriate or wrong doesn’t mean you’re phobic — aka terrified — of it) flying off the handle. It’s like dealing with a bunch of toddlers so often who are trying to test and push boundaries and see where those boundaries are.

    Why would you ever name your son jihad after 9/11 unless you DID agree with the bombings? Just asking for problems otherwise.

    • chickadee

      Wait…’this is what too many Muslims do?’ I think not. This was seriously stupid, but your ugly stereotyping is just as bad.

    • belongtotoday

      Yes, because trying to build a mosque right beside the downed WTCs when there are dozens of other areas it could’ve been built wasn’t pushing buttons. And thousands blocking people’s entrances into their homes and businesses in Paris and other parts of France just so they can pray isn’t pressing buttons. And women insisting on wearing niqabs and shunning uniforms at Disneyland and prisons as though they’re better than everyone else or the rules on appearance don’t apply to them and while trying to sign up for government IDs (so much for the separation of religion and state) isn’t pushing buttons.

    • chickadee

      You have issues. I think you are One of Those People, and thus not worth engaging.

    • http://twitter.com/discreetsecure Nigel Tolley

      Did you miss the bit where “Jihad” is a common Muslim boy’s name?

      mattkrause.com/blog/2010/06/my-cousins-name-is-jihad/

      http://www.gpeters.com/names/baby-names.php?name=Jihad

  • http://www.facebook.com/right.s.fred.5 Right Said Fred

    It’s France, who cares!?

  • Lastango

    “…everyone’s xenophobia meter… much ado about nothing…”

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    You have some reading and some thinking to do.

  • Elli

    Being shocked by a mother sending her son to preschool with a shirt mocking the suffering of others by terrorism has nothing to do with xenophobia. It is really nice to hide behind xenophobia instead of dealing with the shocking notion, that there are people – enjoying the wonders of a democratic welfare state (albeit with issues and racism, like any society) – who think it is funny to laugh at the misery of those killed in the attacks (and please note that I am deliberately not discussing they being Muslim, or naming a child born on 9/11 Jihad).

    This site (Mommyish) rightfully claims that the Westboro Baptist Church‎ are a bunch of creeps. This applies also for this type of “humour”.

    Anyways, looking at the mom’s pic on the BBC site (no headscarf etc,), I can assume that her main crime is indeed being stupid.