Hey kids, I’m Blasphemy Bear

November 27, 2007

You have got to be kidding me:

Blasphemous teddy bear

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.

Church. State. I’ve said it all before.

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.

Absolute madness. How long will insane and evil stuff like this have go on before it is condemned?


5 Responses to “Hey kids, I’m Blasphemy Bear”

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  2. Will the kids be lashed and punished, too? They chose the name. This is both silly and horrifying–a dangerous combo.

  3. CarrieP Says:

    Oh, no.

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