No doubt most of you have heard of the Dread Teddy Bear of Blasphemy incident: a British teacher in Sudan charged under the Dark Ages, barbaric Sharia code of Islamic law with blasphemy for letting her Muslim grammar-school students name a teddy bear "Muhammad." (A very common name in Islamic countries, such as Sudan or Great Britain.) The punishments she faced ranged from a fine and banishment to a whipping or death. She was (relatively) lucky, however, being sentenced "only" to 15 days in jail and deportation.
But that’s not enough for some people. Hundreds of peaceful, tolerant followers of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance(tm) demanded her execution:
Hundreds of protesters brandishing ceremonial swords and sticks gathered outside Khartoum’s presidential palace Friday to vent their anger against a British teacher jailed for allowing children to name a teddy bear "Mohammed."
At least 600 Islamic demonstrators spilled out of mosques after prayers, chanting: "By soul, by blood, I will fight for the Prophet Mohammed."
Some of the protesters demanded the teacher’s execution, according to The Associated Press. The agency reports that some chanted: "No tolerance: Execution" and "Kill her, kill her by firing squad."
Let’s see…. A woman in Saudi Arabia is sentenced to 200 lashes after she is the victim of a gang rape because, under Sharia law, she was alone with a man who was not her relative. Cartoonists in Denmark and Sweden are threatened with death after drawing satirical cartoons of Muhammad. Now a schoolteacher who only wanted to teach her 7-year old pupils about bears has been dragged into a medieval kangaroo court and sits in a jail wondering if the howling mob outside won’t yet get their wish.
Religion of Peace? Religion of Tolerance? Why don’t you ask this guy?
UPDATE: This is the address for the Embassy of Sudan in the US:
2210 Massachusetts Avenue,
How about sending them a teddy bear?