The teacher who let her students name a Teddy Bear Muhammad was convicted and sentenced to 15 days in jail and will be deported. At least she doesn’t have to endure the whipping that was on the list of possible punishments. I thought this was pretty extreme but figured it would be a good lesson for those that think we need to “reach common ground” or some such thing with the Muslim extremists. I couldn’t have imagined what a lesson this would actually be.
But it turns out the sentence Gillian Gibbons received is considered much too light for the locals. They are demanding her execution:
Thousands of protesters, many brandishing clubs and swords, took to the streets of Sudan’s capital Friday, demanding the execution of a British teacher who let her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Gillian Gibbons, 54, was found guilty Thursday of insulting Islam and sentenced to 15 days in jail. She was spared the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.
That angered many in Khartoum, who rallied in Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace. Protesters waved sticks, knives, axes and swords.
“Kill her, kill her by firing squad!” they chanted. “No tolerance, execution!”
Here is a picture of the evil heretic. I hope she gets out alive.
To be fair, there are some Muslims who are responding appropriately:
In Britan — where Muhammad is now the second most popular name for baby boys — the reaction had been shock and disbelief, from both non-Muslims and Muslims.
Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said Sudanese authorities had “grossly overreacted.”
“Gillian should never have been arrested, let alone charged and convicted of committing a crime,” he said.
But the Sudanese behavior invokes an opposing extreme response in me and others.