British Teacher Faces 40 Lashes In Sudan…

For naming the class Teddybear Muhammad:

A British teacher was arrested for blasphemy in Sudan and could face up to 40 lashes for allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear Muhammad, the school said Monday.

Now the school staff is concerned for her safety.

Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, England, was arrested Sunday after several parents complained to Sudan’s Ministry of Education, Unity director Robert Boulos said.

He said Gibbons had allowed her class to vote on a name for the teddy bear.

“They came up with eight names including Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad. Then she explained what it meant to vote and asked them to choose the name,” Boulos said.

The children chose Muhammad, a popular boy’s name in the Muslim world but also the named of Islam’s revered prophet.

“This was a completely innocent mistake. Miss Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam,” Boulos said.

I think this is what we call a “clash of civilizations”.

Boulos said the school had shut down until January for fear of reprisals.

Enter stage left: Islamic Rageboy and friends.

A spokesman for the British Embassy in Khartoum said embassy staff had visited Gibbons in jail.

“She is in good condition if unsurprisingly shaken up,” an embassy spokesman said.

I doubt they’ll actually go through with the 40 lashes, but whatever the outcome of her case, I suspect they’ve lost a decent, well-meaning teacher.

Michelle Malkin and Dr. Rusty Shackleford are also on the case.

Oh, for crying out loud, Ace has it too?


Ms. Gibbons awaits a ruling today (Nov. 27) from a judge on whether she will be tried on the blasphemy charge.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

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9 Responses to “British Teacher Faces 40 Lashes In Sudan…”

  1. JackStraw Says:

    >>I doubt they’ll actually go through with the 40 lashes

    I don’t know, Deb. After seeing how the Saudis handle a rape victim, nothing would surprise me.


  2. nicedeb Says:

    I figure now that it’s in the news, the world community will prevent it from happening.


  3. fretless Says:

    … she explained what it meant to vote and asked them to choose the name..

    This has nothing to do with the teddy-bear’s name. Voting is an insult to Islam.


  4. eddiebear Says:

    somehow, I am waiting for the moonbats to blame Bush.


  5. eddiebear Says:

    Oh, and fretless: you are correc. Didn’t Zawahiri in one of is rants claim that democracy was un-islamic?


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  7. cranky Says:

    Anyday now Islam is going to wake up and find itself in the 8th century and wonder at how it could have been so cruel.


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  9. James "Sunbird" Carrington Says:

    It’s a name! What if I wanted to name my son Muhammud simply because I like the name? should I recieve lashes?

    If it’s taht important why don’t these extremeists just copyright it?!


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