Protesters in Khartoum today demanded the execution of a teacher convicted of insulting Islam after her students named a teddy bear “Muhammad.”
So if you have been watching the news lately, this story about a British teacher in Sudan is getting waaaaay out of control! Thats a great article in the NY Times written by Jeffrey Gettleman
Gillian Gibbons, the teacher, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 days in jail. Under Sudanese law, she could have spent 6 months behind bars and received 40 lashes.
Read that again please. I understand people thinking that Americans have lost their minds because we watch Nip/Tuck, or because more people tune in and watch more American Idol in a week than they do of the news in a year, but this seems a little worse. I wish I could just ask one of these protesters, Do you realize that you are calling for the death of a person, because of the name chosen for a doll.
The worst part of it is that, “witnesses said that many of the protesters were government employees who had been ordered to demonstrate.” What is that? How does the government even have time to bother with this kind of stuff? Especially when there is a little issue of genocide going on in your country!