An innocent mistake! “‘Muhammad’ teddy teacher arrested,” from the BBC (thanks to all who sent this in):
A British school teacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.
Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.
A spokesman from the British Embassy in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, said it was unclear whether she had been charged.
Embassy officials are expected to visit Mrs Gibbons in custody on Monday.
The BBC’s correspondent Amber Henshaw said Ms Gibbons’ punishment could be up to six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.
The school has been closed until January for fear of reprisals.
Madness. And yet the world tiptoes around and tries to accommodate this madness, instead of calling it what it is.