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Absurd – Part 3

29 November 2007, 4:08 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

‘Teddy bear’ teacher gets 15-day prison term in Sudan


KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of insulting religion and sentenced her to 15 days in prison Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to be named “Mohammed,” British authorities and her lawyer reported.

Gillian Gibbons also faces deportation from Sudan after her prison term, her lawyer told CNN.

He said that he was “very disappointed” with the verdict and that Gibbons planned to appeal.

Gibbons was not convicted of two other charges brought against her — inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs, her lawyer said.

Gibbons, 54, was arrested Sunday after she asked her class of 7-year-olds in Khartoum to name the stuffed animal as part of a school project, the British Foreign Office said. She had faced charges under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.

Although there is no ban in the Quran on images of Allah or the Prophet Mohammed, Islam’s founder, likenesses are considered highly offensive by Muslims.

I find the behavior of certain followers of the so called ‘religion of peace’ offensive.  So, can we jail and deport anyone I find offensive?  Dang, better build more prisons.

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  1. TexasFred. 29 November 2007, 6:15 pm

    I keep hearing all of the human rights groups and women’s groups and religious groups crying out, ‘Where is the outrage?? This isn’t right!’ and I have to agree, it isn’t right, but it IS Islam, and not being right and being Islam go hand in hand as far as we that live in a Christian or Jewish world are concerned…

    But Gibbons is not in a Christian or Jewish nation, she is in an Islamic nation and their law is the law of their land, there’s not too much we can say or do, she knew, or, maybe I need say it this way, she should have known what she was getting into when she went to Sudan, she’s white, she’s female, I am guessing she’s probably a Christian, having seen her pictures I know she’s not a Muslim at least, that was obvious from the way she was dressed, all things considered it would appear that the cards were stacked against her from the start…

    Outrage?? Where is the OUTRAGE?? That’s the question that everyone is screaming, outrage at a moonbat Islamic court that gave her a sentence of 15 days in jail and deportation for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad?? That outrage?? Even that sentence is way overboard as far as our legal system is concerned, but the Sudan does NOT operate under our legal system…

    She could have received a much more severe sentence, she could have received six months in prison and something like 40 lashes, as well a monetary fine, and the lashes alone would have likely been more than enough to kill her…

    Here’s the real deal, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, if you don’t like Rome, keep your ass OUT of Italy, so to speak…

  2. olbroad. 29 November 2007, 7:01 pm

    I agree about the ‘when in Rome’. However, the kid who wanted to name the bear Mohammed is named Mohammed. This is what gets my goat. You can name your kid that, and it’s not an insult, but an innocent kid names a bear? That’s just ridiculous. I’m not aware they are jailing the kid, so if it’s all equally offensive, wouldn’t they?