An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
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.Â So, can we jail and deport anyone I find offensive?Â Dang, better build more prisons.