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PostSubject: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:50 pm

This Story is from www.BBC.co.uk:

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.

Officials from the British embassy in Khartoum are expected to visit Ms Gibbons in custody later.

"We are in contact with the authorities here and they have visited the teacher and she is in a good condition," an embassy spokesman said.
The spokesman said the naming of the teddy happened months ago and was chosen by the children because it is a common name in the country.

"This happened in September and the parents did not have a problem with it," he said.

The school has been closed until January for fear of reprisals.

Fellow teachers at Khartoum's Unity High School told Reuters news agency they feared for Ms Gibbons' safety after receiving reports that men had started gathering outside the police station where she was being held.
The school's director, Robert Boulos, said: "This is a very sensitive issue. We are very worried about her safety.

"This was a completely innocent mistake. Miss Gibbons would have never wanted to insult Islam."

Mr Boulos said Ms Gibbons was following a British national curriculum course designed to teach young pupils about animals and this year's topic was the bear.

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."

The bear itself was not marked or labelled with the name in any way, he added.

It is seen as an insult to Islam to attempt to make an image of the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr Boulos said Ms Gibbons was arrested on Sunday at her home inside the school premises after a number of parents complained to Sudan's Ministry of Education.

He said police had seized the book and asked to interview the girl who owned the bear.

The country's state-controlled Sudanese Media Centre reported that charges were being prepared "under article 125 of the criminal law" which covers insults against faith and religion.

No-one at the ministries of education or justice was available for comment.

Mr Boulos told the BBC he was confident she would not face a jail sentence.

One Muslim teacher at the independent school for Christian and Muslim children, who has a child in Ms Gibbons' class, said she had not found the project offensive.

"I know Gillian and she would never have meant it as an insult. I was just impressed that she got them to vote," the teacher said.

In Liverpool, a family spokeswoman said Ms Gibbons' grown children, John and Jessica - both believed to be in their 20s - were not commenting on her arrest.

"I have spoken with her children and they do not want to say anything and aggravate the situation over there," she said.

Rick Widdowson the headteacher of Garston Church of England Primary School, where Gillian worked for ten years, added: "We are an Anglican school and I know for a fact that Gillian would not do anything to offend followers of any faith.

"Certainly she is also very worldly wise and she is obviously aware of the sensitivities around Islam."

Cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad printed in several European newspapers sparked violent protests around the world in 2006.
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:35 pm

Seems like an honest mistake by somebody that was only trying to help the local kids. 40 lashes or a jail term seem way over the top. What I never understood is the usual foreign office claptrap " we are in contact with auhtorities" I only hope that means that they are telling the Sudnaese authroities in the strongest terms that this is unnacceptable, it's nice to know that the Sudanese have ther house in order though while millions die or are raped and butchered in Darfur they get upset over a teddy bear.
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:00 pm

It's a terrible situation for this women I know but when I first heard this story earlier today I couldn't help but laugh. I mean, how much of a religious fanatic do you have to be to get his worked up over a stuffed toy bear?!
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:08 pm

plus every other Muslim person is named Mohammed. How do they know the bear wasn't named after one of them?
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:29 pm

Freakin' Marklars don't know what they're doing.

Seems like no matter what country you are in, what part of the world, everyone is getting pissy.

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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:44 pm

now e'rybody in da club gettin' pissy






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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:02 pm

I think some of them have gotten too much sand in their beard. That would itch, thus, the pissy attitude.

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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:14 am

If it's illegal to call your teddy bear Mohammad, why isn't it illegal to call your kid Muhammad?
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:14 am

So what happens if say you hit you thumb with a hammer and scream out "ahhhhhhh for Muhammads sake"
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:12 am

This teacher has been formally charged and will face either imprisonment, fine or 40 lashes or all 3. Apparently the Sudanese ambassador in the UK has been ordered ( they are normally politley asked) to the foreign office to explain his country's actions and to let him know that we think this has gone far enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:36 pm

If I were running things, I'd have special forces take the chick back by force then torch the neighborhood. She's a damn school teacher. You try to educate these ignorant ass people and they whip you for it.

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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:19 pm

Dekka00 wrote:
now e'rybody in da club gettin' pissy







Man, that dude looks really pissed off. The others need to go to protester school, they just don't have the look down right.

That guy should come to this country and teach classes on protesting. I seen that dude on a corner, I'd give him what he wanted.

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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:15 pm

"So angry are the ignorant, too patient are the educated." -Johnathon Uppercut Heck, American Funny Maker

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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:04 pm

Ok today I saw how some of these Muslim groups think and they are fucked up. Off they went for Friday prayers and prayed to thier loving god then they took up knives and clubs and clubs and marched on the capital demanding this teacher be executed WTF I think your losing the peacefull religion angle here guys. This also proves that Sharii law means sweet FA to these guys unless they get what they want from it ( blood normally). Anyway it appears this teacher will be out in 9 days as she has served 6 already and then hopefully the next time the UK is involved with Sudan is when we send out peacekeepers to Darfur to bring the government controld Janjaweed under control.
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:19 pm

Well today she has been released a couple of members of the House of Lords who were muslims went to Sudan and eventually got an audience with the leader of Sudan who agreed with them that this teacher made an honest mistake, she was pardoned and releaed to the British embassy and will be home in the early hous of Tuesday morning. The thing that annoys me is that Sudan has made it clear that they would only talk to Muslims not Christians so I say fairn enough and if in the near future Sudan wants to hammer out say a trade agreement or needs and aid package I say we tell them we will only talk to a Chrisitan delegation
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PostSubject: Re: Teacher arrested because her class named a toy bear Muhammad   Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:52 pm

well i'm glad she was pardoned and will be bak home. This whole situation just blows my mind.

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