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Sunday, December 2, 2007

The unbearable lightness of a teddy bear named Muhammad

Carlos discusses the case of the terrible teddy bear. What is worse perhaps than the arrest of a teacher for allowing students to name a teddy bear Muhammad, worse even than the demonstrations in Khartoum calling for her execution, is the "protests" against Sudanese goverment behavior by moderate Muslims. These take the form of "the lady was a visitor and didn't know our customs." That implies that had she been a Muslim, it would be perfectly OK to give her 40 lashes for allowing kids to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

Oh sinful and ammoral and decadent Western society, that can allow a teddy bear to be named Muhammad! May Allah strike down the infidel sons of dogs and pigs, who send their people to corrupt our children by teaching them to read and write!

Strangely, the Muslims do not protest against the fact that the dictator of Egypt is also called Muhammad.

Ami Isseroff

Teddy the Terrible

by Carlos

Wild and Ferocious Teddy Bear

Wild and Ferocious
December 1, 2007 - Do not take this lightly. This is worse even than Saudi Barbie.

This is the story of Muhammad the Teddy Bear, the latest scourge of Islam.

It all started in a Sudanese classroom. The kids were seven years old. Their teacher, Gillian Gibbons, 54, had an idea. She would have the children name a Teddy Bear, then practice writing about it. What should they name him? she asked her students.

"Abdullah!" said one.

"Hassan!" cried another.

But in the end, the name Muhammad was chosen, in honor of a boy in the class who also bore that name.

The children photographed the bear, and took turns taking it home on weekends. They kept diaries detailing what they did with it on these visits, then collected all the entries in a special book with the bear's picture on the cover and the label "My Name is Muhammad."

Cute? Hardly. When some parents saw the book, they complained. Ms. Gibbons was arrested and charged with insulting Islam. Muslim clerics in Sudan demanded she be whipped. At her trial Ms. Gibbons wept and insisted that she meant no harm. The court decided to be "lenient." It sentenced her to 15 days in prison and subsequent deportation to Britain. She could have received 40 lashes, six months in prison, and a fine. Such punishment would be in accordance with the sharia law upon which the Sudanese judicial system is based.
Protesters in Khartoum demand the execution of a teacher convicted of insulting Islam after her students named a teddy bear 'Muhammad.'

Protesters in Khartoum demand the execution of a teacher convicted of insulting Islam after her students named a teddy bear "Muhammad." (AFP - Getty Images)

Even sentencing Gibbons to expulsion was not enough to satisfy many Sudanese. On Friday thousands of Sudanese demonstrators flooded the streets, some armed with swords and clubs, others beating drums. They burned Gibbons' picture and demanded her execution. "Kill her, kill her by firing squad!" they shouted, and "No tolerance: Execution!" One sword-carrying demonstrator said: "It is a premeditated action, and this unbeliever thinks that she can fool us? What she did requires her life to be taken." Her life very possibly in danger, Gibbons had to be moved from the women's prison in Oumdurman to a secret location.

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