Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A British teacher in the Sudan had her class name a teddy bear, and they chose "Mohammed." The Sudanese government arrested her, and now she is facing six months in prison and 40 lashes for...get this..."insulting Islam."
This would be a comedy routine if it were not so serious.
Teddy Teacher Charged In Sudan
A British teacher has been charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred after allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed.
Gillian Gibbons faces 40 lashes - and the British Government has shown its anger by summoning the Sudanese ambassador in London as a "matter of urgency".
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesman said: "We are surprised and disappointed by this development."
Ms Gibbons has been charged under Article 125 of the criminal code, the Foreign Office confirmed.
The case will go before a court in Sudan tomorrow and the 54-year-old from Liverpool is expected to appear.
If convicted, Ms Gibbons faces 40 lashes, six months in prison, or a fine.
Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said: "We must ask why she has been charged.
"They know that this is not a particularly serious affair, so why have they chosen to do this?
"The Justice Minister of Sudan has taken a personal interest in this affair and he has told the general prosecutor to take a personal interest in it."
This is the new crap that Muslims worldwide want for the rest of us: if you do anything to "insult" Islam, you deserve punishment. Touch a Koran? PUNISHMENT! Say that radical Islam is a danger? PUNISHMENT! Draw cartoons of Mohammed? PUNISHMENT! RIOTS! DEATH!
So, if "insulting Islam" is a crime, we must be criminals.
FUCK ISLAM. There. We insulted it.