BECOMING AN IRISHMAN
8 year old Mohammad entered his classroom on the first day of
"What's your name?", asked the teacher.
"Mohammad," he replied.
"You're in Ireland now," replied the teacher, "So from now on you
will be known as Mike.
" Mohammad returned home after school.
"How was your day, Mohammad?", his mother asked.
"My name is not Mohammad. I'm in Ireland and now my name is
"Are you ashamed of your name? Are you trying to dishonor your
parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!"
And his mother beat him. Then she called his father, who beat him
The next day Mohammad returned to school. The teacher saw all of
"What happened to you, Mike?", she asked.
"Well shortly after becoming an Irishman, I was attacked by two
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