Hey kids, I’m Blasphemy Bear
November 27, 2007
You have got to be kidding me:
A British primary school teacher has been arrested in Sudan, accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet by letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Mohammed, her school said yesterday.
Police arrested Gillian Gibbons, 54 of Liverpool, on Sunday at her home inside the Unity High School premises after a number of parents complained to Sudan’s Ministry of Education, said Unity director Robert Boulos.
Teachers at the school in central Khartoum said Ms Gibbons made an innocent mistake and simply let her pupils choose their favourite name for the toy as part of a school project.
Which kind of misses the entire point. How was it in any way a mistake? Is Islam really so fragile a faith that naming a teddy bear after their prophet is an insult? I mean it’s a teddy bear for crying out loud.
And if it was so insulting, why did the kids vote for the name in the first place?
If convicted, Ms Gibbons could be sentenced to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, said Ghazi Suleiman, the head of the Sudan Human Rights Group.