British school teacher Gillian Gibbons is guilty of "inciting religious hatred" by letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear "Mohammed."
Apparently, it's okay to name boys "Mohammed," but it's not okay to name a teddy bear "Mohammed." That's because Muslims aren't supposed to depict the prophet. And, apparently naming a teddy bear "Mohammed" is depicting the prophet, and naming a boy "Mohammed" isn't.
Being a non-Muslim, I suppose I can't be expected to understand?
If Gillian Gibbons can survive 15 days in a Sudanese prison, odds are that she'll be home free. Today, the Sudanese court said that she'd get 15 days, and then be deported. Tomorrow, who knows what the Sudanese court will decide?
We got a good look at Islamic justice, Sudan style, in this trial.
- The judge demanded that the prosecution bring the person who originally complained about Gibbons.
- The defense lawyer for Gibbons had to "scuffle" with police before he could get into the courtroom.
- British diplomats were barred from the courtroom - they were eventually allowed to enter.
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