Muslim mob throws teddy bear tantrum
Shame on Sudan and these throwing an tantrum who should be a serious embarrassment to Islam as well as an insult to the intelligence of any defenders of Islam. It is time for more Muslims to condemn these emotionally immature fools on display.
Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."
In response to the demonstration, teacher Gillian Gibbons was moved from the women's prison near Khartoum to a secret location for her safety, her lawyer said.
The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pickup trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gibbons, who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation. She avoided the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.
They massed in central Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed. They did not try to stop the rally, which lasted about an hour.
"Shame, shame on the U.K.," protesters chanted.
The Telegraph comments on the farce. "Yesterday's jailing of Gillian Gibbons is a disgrace which blackens even further the name of a country already notorious for genocide in Darfur. The charge against her, that she allowed children in the school where she taught to name a teddy bear Mohammed, should never have been brought to court. That it was suggests that the judicial proceedings were politically motivated, a means of censuring the Brown government for making a solution of the Darfur tragedy a keystone of its foreign policy." It also says something about how some Muslims insult Islam.