She faces up to 40 lashes, up to a year in prison, or some kind of fine. I’m sure that the British government is doing their best to prevent the worst:

Gillian Gibbons, 54, is being held by police in the capital Khartoum after she asked her class of seven-year-olds to come up with a name for the toy as part of a school project, Robert Boulos, the head of Unity High School told CNN.

It is expected that she will appear in court Thursday, Sudan state media reported.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said Gibbons had been charged under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.


  1. Russell

    Gillian Gibbons arrest is outrageous. A Teddy Bear is not an animal. It is a toy, usually loved and cherished by children. It is not an object of ridicule or derision. It is a comfort to little children. I for one think that Ms Gibbons’ is being held to account for the choice of the children. Why weren’t the children arrested too? They chose the name. And, presumably, as Muslims, they would know the meaning of the word ‘mohammed’.

    Muslim people claim to embrace tolerance, but only when non-muslims must be tolerant to them. When it comes to muslims being tolerant, there seems to be a double standard.

    If Gillian Gibbons is convicted, I will start a campaign. I will start it by buying baby pigs and puppies, naming them all Mohammed, and giving them to rural families on the condition that they be called Mohammed.

    Let’s show muslims the respect they afford to others.

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