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Mo Teddy Leads to Arrest of British Teacher in Sudan [updated]

November 26th, 2007 · 12 Comments

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Sigh. It is just a teddy bear. But then again it was just a cat cartoon…
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‘Muhammad’ teddy teacher arrested

gillian-gibbons-_44262973_teacher_bbc203b.jpg Gillian Gibbons is described as “a talented and able teacher ”

A British schoolteacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.

Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.

The BBC has learned the charge could lead to six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.

Ms Gibbons, who joined the school in August, asked a seven-year-old girl to bring in her teddy bear and asked the class to pick names for it, he said.

“They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad,” Mr Boulos said, adding that she then had the children vote on a name.

Twenty out of the 23 children chose Muhammad as their favourite name.

Mr Boulos said each child was then allowed to take the bear home at weekends and told to write a diary about what they did with it.

He said the children’s entries were collected in a book with a picture of the bear on the cover and a message which read, “My name is Muhammad.”

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Sudanese school’s director explained what happened

Hopefully this fizzles out and charges are dismissed.
Update:
Spoke to soon.
Outrage as Sudan charges teddy row teacher, Gillian Gibbons

Britain was trying to defuse a potentially explosive diplomatic row with Sudan last night, after a British teacher who allowed a teddy bear to be named Mohamed was charged with insulting Islam and inciting hatred. She is due to appear in an Islamic court today. The alleged crime is punishable by 40 lashes, a six-month jail sentence and a fine.

The Sudanese envoy will be told that corporal punishment against Gillian Gibbons, the 54-year-old teacher from Liverpool, is totally unacceptable. Britain is “reviewing its options” for retaliatory measures against Khartoum should Ms Gibbons be hurt. These could include the expulsion of Sudanese diplomats, tightening travel restrictions on the regime’s leading figures and cutting aid.

Thanks Tammi.
Keep Gillian Gibbons in your prayers all.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HannahJ // Nov 26, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    So much for encouraging creativity! Britain won’t be coming up with any of the latest advances in technology etc., given their Islamist *tolerance* toward the religion of Toy. Also, the choices of names cast little doubt as to whether the Continent is already part of the Islamic State…

  • 2 courtneyme109 // Nov 26, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Reckon if she named the teddy “Little Satan’ they would be tripping?

  • 3 Velvet Hammer // Nov 26, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Hannah

    This occurred in Sudan. Not that it takes any of the ridiculousness away from it.

    Courtney

    Didn’t they kinda sorta already do that? ;) Well not entirely.
    Actually the name of Muhammed was chosen, because of a fellow student who is well liked and admired bears the name Muhammed. No pun intended. lol

  • 4 plodon // Nov 27, 2007 at 1:16 am

    WHAT!!!

    OFF WITH HER HEAD!

    BEHEAD THOSE WHO INSULT ISLAM!

    BEHEAD, I SAY!

    …peacefully, of course

  • 5 courtneyme109 // Nov 27, 2007 at 1:57 am

    Ever get a creepy feeling that anything unislamic could be considered an attack on islam?

  • 6 Velvet Hammer // Nov 27, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Yes Courtney I do. And damn ‘creepy’ it is. Skin crawlin’ creepy.

  • 7 CavMom // Nov 27, 2007 at 8:33 am

    I swear they are really getting under my skin with this BS. Their satanic acts might be working to some degree, for my thoughts right now are not very Christ-like.

    … OK, I am better now! ;)

  • 8 Seth // Nov 27, 2007 at 9:39 am

    she got what she deserved for going to Sudan to support an Islamist regime. She wasn’t in Darfur helping the victims of genocide, she was in the center of the country, implicitly lending support to evil. But what a suprise, she is a western-European woman, what else would she be doing?

  • 9 Velvet Hammer // Nov 27, 2007 at 10:27 am

    CavMom
    I know the feeling.

    Seth

    she got what she deserved for going to Sudan to support an Islamist regime.

    She is a teacher at a Christian school.

    She wasn’t in Darfur helping the victims of genocide,

    No one said she was.

    she was in the center of the country, implicitly lending support to evil.

    Again she taught at a Christian school which by the way was founded in 1902.

    But what a suprise, she is a western-European woman, what else would she be doing?

    You are an ass. STFU & STFD.

  • 10 Sunflower Desert // Nov 28, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Velvet,
    I don’t think this is fizzling out. I saw today that charges were actually filed. Maybe we’ll know more by tomorrow. Very disturbing, yet not surprising concerning this violent cult.

  • 11 Velvet Hammer // Nov 28, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the update Tammi.

    No not surprising…heavy sigh.

  • 12 Sunflower Desert // Nov 29, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Velvet — Looks like she’s been sentenced. I would consider the best part the deportation. At least she didn’t get the 40 lashes.

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