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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm Going To Name My Bong "Mohammed"

Sudan has arrested a British teacher for insulting faith and religion, the British Foreign Office said Monday.

[...]

Numerous media reports say Gibbons was arrested after allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear "Mohammed."

That could be seen as an insult to the Prophet Mohammed, the reports said.

Blasphemy is punishable with 40 lashes under Islamic Sharia law, Britain's Press Association news agency reported.

Just as depressing, both articles I read about this (CNN and The Times of London) quote the high school's director as referring to Gibbons' actions as an "innocent mistake." And the TV coverage on CNN concentrated more on whether or not Gibbons intended to insult Islam rather than whether or not jailing and lashing someone for insulting a religion is a blatent abuse of human rights.

I hope the human rights organizations of the world jump all over this shit. And I hope Ms. Gibbons is freed promptly and safely. Fuck you, government of Sudan.

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