Sudanese Government Pardons British Teacher Over Teddy Bear / Muhammad Incident

Well, I figured a pardon would wind up happening, so I wanted to wait until I posted so that I didn’t criticize the terrorists government of Sudan too much (and no – me calling them terrorists has nothing to do with this incident and everything to do with the Darfur situation – if you doubt me on this, have somebody from there come talk to you and I’m sure that you won’t doubt that there is a MAJOR problem over there).

A little background: Gillian Gibbons, a teacher at Khartoum’s (private) Unity High School was sentenced to 15 days in prison and then deportation for “insulting Islam” by allowing her class of 7 year-olds to name a Teddy Bear Muhammad.  Under Sudan’s Islamic Sharia law, she could have received up to 6 months in prison, a fine, and 40 lashes.  Many Imams brought up the subject in sermons the past couple of weeks, and most discouraged violent outbursts against Gibbons, however, many protests erupted, calling for the execution of Gibbons (some have claimed that the Sudanese terrorists government itself told it’s employees to go out and protest).

Many United Nations officials have accused the Sudanese government of just looking for a way to block peacekeeping forces from coming in.

Today, Gibbons flew home after being pardoned by Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, against the pressures of the Council of Muslim Scholars.  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised the release of Gibbons.

I joined Mr. Brown in saying thank you to Mr. Bashir for seeing that this was an “innocent mistake.”  As of now, Gibbons has no plans of returning.

Now, let’s see if we can work on the much larger and more severe Darfur situation.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican


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