that you do not live in the Sudan.
As reported by Xan Rice and Andrew Heavens, for The Guardian in a story headlined “British teacher charged with insulting Islam over teddy bear’s name“, Gillian Gibbons, a 54 year old ex-patriot British primary school teacher is in jeopardy of being fined, jailed, and lashed, all because she encouraged her 7 year old students to name a teddy bear:
Gibbons arrived in Sudan in August to take up a post at the exclusive Unity high school, which follows a British-style curriculum. In September, during a class on animals and their habitats, she asked her seven-year-old pupils to give a teddy bear a name. They chose Muhammad, the name of one of the boys in the class and a popular name in Sudan.
Last week the education ministry informed the school that a few Muslim parents had complained about the name, and police arrested Gibbons at her home in the school grounds.
Sudan’s top clerics, known as the Assembly of the Ulemas, said in a statement on Wednesday that parents had handed them a book the teacher was assembling about the bear. “She, in a very abusive manner, used the name of Prophet Muhammad, may Allah shame her,” the statement said.<.span>
OK, encouraging her students to innocently name a teddy bear, while teaching a lesson about animals and their habitats, and the students choose the name of a student, a name that is very popular in this culture and a name that parents often choose for their children, is actually “abusive” behavior by the teacher towards the esteemed prophet of the same name. Rrrrrright… that is about as rational as permitting a genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
If Muhammad is a real prophet and a just prophet, maybe he can arrange for some Singaporeans to come in and give those local clerics, the Assembly of the Ulemas a fine caning, for having their priorities all wrong.