Sudan Charges British Teacher With Insulting Religion With ‘Muhammad’ Teddy Bear

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this story. The Muslims never cease to amaze me with just how much they can get themselves worked up over nothing. Of course it always results in death threats and such.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan charged a British teacher Wednesday with inciting religious hatred — a crime punishable by 40 lashes — after she allowed her students during a class project to name a teddy bear Muhammad, seen as a reference to Islam’s prophet.

The charges come a day after a 7-year-old Sudanese boy said Gilliam Gibbons, 54, asked him what he wanted to call the stuffed animal as part of a school assignment and he said, “Muhammad,” after his name.

The country’s top Muslim clerics pressed the government to ensure the teacher, Gillian Gibbons, is punished, comparing her act to Salman Rushdie’s “blasphemies” against the Prophet Muhammad.

Gibbons was teaching her pupils, who are around 7 years old, about animals and asked one of them to bring in her teddy bear, Boulos said. She asked the students to pick names for it and they proposed Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad, and in the end the pupils voted to name it Muhammad, he said.

Each child was allowed to take the bear home on weekends and write a diary about what they did with it. The diary entries were collected in a book with the bear’s picture on the cover, labeled, “My Name is Muhammad,” though the bear itself was never labeled with the name, he said.

A former colleague of Gibbons, Jill Langworthy, told The Associated Press the lesson is a common one in Britain. “She’s a wonderful and inspirational teacher, and if she offended or insulted anybody she’d be dreadfully sorry,” Langworthy, who taught with Gibbons in Liverpool, said.

Gibbons was being questioned on suspicion of abuse of religion — a charge that is punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine or flogging of up to 40 lashes under Sudan’s Islamic law-based legal system.

The case recalled the outrage that was sparked in the Islamic world when European newspapers ran cartoons deriding the Prophet Muhammad in recent years, prompting protests in many Muslim countries. The Prophet Muhammad is highly revered by Muslims, and most interpretations of the religion bar even favorable depiction of him, for fear of encouraging idolatry or misrepresenting him.

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2 Responses to “Sudan Charges British Teacher With Insulting Religion With ‘Muhammad’ Teddy Bear”

  1. dennis erickson says:

    Jill..

    If its you ? can you call me?

    Love!

    Den.

  2. Polaris says:

    Islam is the worst religion is the world. They are so full of themselves, and think that they are above everyone else. The saudi arabia flag is never lowered to half mast in respect to anything or anyone because of that worthless quotation they have on it.

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