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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Religion Of Perpetual Outrage Strikes Again

British Teacher In Sudan Faces 40 Lashes For Letting Class Name A Teddy Bear 'Muhammad'
A British primary school teacher arrested in Sudan faces up to 40 lashes for blasphemy after letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested at at Khartoum's Unity High School yesterday, and accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam.

Her colleagues said that they feared for her safety after reports that groups of young men had gathered outside the Khartoum police station where she was taken and were shouting death threats. [...]

In September, she asked a girl to bring in her teddy bear to help the class focus and then asked the children to name the toy.

'They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad. Then she explained what it meant to vote [
...that was her first mistake, QC] and asked them to choose the name,' Boulos said. [...Robert Boulos is the Director of the school, QC]

Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad.
Mr. Boulos went on to say that this "...was a completely innocent mistake. Ms. Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam." That was her second mistake, she forgot she was dealing with the world's most easily offended religion. As a result she now faces a large fine, 40 lashes or a jail term of up to six months. Isn't Muslim culture lovely?

It's a good thing it wasn't one of these, or she'd probably be dead.

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