Teddy bear teacher pardoned

Kes Gray said the case of British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who has been jailed in Sudan for allowing her class of primary school children to name a teddy bear Mohammed, had prompted him to postpone a reprint of his book, Who's Poorly Too, and change the name. … British Muslim groups spoke out strongly in favor of Gibbons and said the Sudanese government's actions in the case have created greater misunderstandings about Islam. … A British school teacher jailed in Sudan for two weeks after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad was freed Monday following a pardon by the Sudanese president…

Crisis, day two: Teddy bear blasphemer fired, grilled for five hours, facing sedition charge

Dr Mubarak said: "The way the British think of the teddy bear - as far as Christmas is concerned, and toys are concerned - we don't have any teddy bears over here, so in Sudan, for us, it is a fierce and dangerous animal. … In both cases the basic legitimacy of Islamic law, of lashing someone for adultery or for insulting Mohammed by naming a teddy bear after him, is assumed; the question is simply whether an insult was intended or whether the punishment is a tad too severe. … " Which, I guess, explains why they're grilling her for five hours about a teddy bear

Teddy bear teacher convicted of blasphemy Update: Michelle discusses the case on FNC

"Inciting religious hatred" for letting a 7-year-old name a teddy bear after himself. Absurd. … A British teacher in Sudan was convicted Thursday of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad, and she was sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from the country, one of her lawyers said. … To the commenter who asked about US aid to Sudan, yes, to the tune of $2…

Crisis, day three: Teddy bear blasphemer may be looking at 10 years; Update: Charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred

"The teacher asked me what I wanted to call the teddy," he said shyly, his voice barely rising above a whisper. … A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Sudanese boy yesterday defended the British teacher accused of insulting Islam, saying he had chosen to call a teddy bear Mohammad because it was his own name. … In the meantime, 200 lashes for riding in a car with an unrelated male, 40 lashes potentially for naming a teddy bear "Mohammed," and for belonging to Al Qaeda -- parole, after having been duly "reformed."…

Video: Whoopi, Sherri wonder — why didn’t the teddy-bear teacher respect Islamic customs?

Is there a difference in kind, or merely in degree, between this culture of gaga God-fearingness and the one in Sudan that threatens jail or 40 lashes for the crime of teddy-bear misnaming? … Western Muslims have loudly condemned the Sudanese verdict so she may have thought that all Islamic cultures were similarly relatively reasonable. … The bear was named after one of her students, not the Muslim prophet, and she foolishly assumed the Sudanese would be capable of acting in good faith and willing to take her intent into account…

Thousands of Sudanese rally to free teddy-bear blasphemer — wait, did I say free? I meant kill; Update: Protest photos added

There's a hint in the Daily Mail piece that she might be released early, probably just to make this go away before it causes any more headaches internationally for the Sudanese government. … The Telegraph is more specific: "Sheikh Abdul Jalil Karuri, a leading cleric, whipped up a crowd attending at the city's Martyr's Mosque by telling them Gillian Gibbons had deliberately named her class's teddy bear Mohammed "with the intention of insulting Islam. … Thousands of people have marched in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to call for UK teacher Gillian Gibbons to be shot…

Teddy bear link to JonBenet slay suspect?

Update: Tanya points out in the comments that the photo of Karr with the bear was taken when he was a kid. … What are the odds that someone obsessed with the case, who had studied its details minutely and talked compulsively about it to complete strangers, would purchase a teddy bear similar to the one found in the house and pose with it for a photo? … A bear being hugged by Karr in the boyhood snap was said to be the same as the one that appeared briefly in JonBenet's bedroom after her slaying in Boulder, Colorado, on December 26, 1996…

Video: The View wonders, wouldn’t Christians be freaking out if a teddy bear was named Jesus?

Of all the angles to this story they could have covered, of all the airtime they could have devoted to raising awareness, the burning question on Barbara's mind is whether the outrage of the Sudanese lynch mob is really all that different in principle from that of religious people in the U.S. A familiar subject, per Friday's Financial Times…

Has our State Department started a hashtag yet for the soon-to-be-murdered Sudanese Christian mom?

A terrorist outfit that's getting attention from the White House is, by definition, a formidable outfit, and that's good for their PR. Could be State has decided that promoting Ibrahim's cause will create the same problem -- Sudanese authorities, which enjoy a relationship of mutual loathing with the U.S., might enjoy the spotlight and resolve to take advantage by executing Ibrahim as a lesson to other Christians there. … Ed noted yesterday that U.S. options in Sudan are severely limited; true, but the #BringBackOurGirls campaign created international pressure to act…