You can name a child Mohammed, but not a teddy bear – give me a break!!

An English teacher has been arrested in Khartoum because children in her class named a teddy bear that she intended to be used for instructional purposes, Mohammed.

The offense is insulting Islam, which is an offense under the Sharia rules in the Sudan.


KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — A British teacher arrested in Sudan after allowing her class to name a teddy bear “Mohammed” has been charged by authorities with offending religion, British officials say.


An undated amateur photo of Gillian Gibbons.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, is being held by police in the capital Khartoum after she asked her class of seven-year-olds to come up with a name for the toy as part of a school project, Robert Boulos, the head of Unity High School told CNN.

It is expected that she will appear in court Thursday, Sudan state media reported.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said Gibbons had been charged under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.

The spokeswoman said the Sudanese ambassador had been summoned to the offices of the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to discuss the case. Gibbons was arrested under the country’s Islamic Sharia law after parents of some of her students complained to police.


About Maggie54

I am a 50 something married mother with three sons and grandmother to a grandson. I am a graduate of Melbourne University, having achieved the status of Bachelor of Commerce. My interests are varied, including knitting and crochet.
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2 Responses to You can name a child Mohammed, but not a teddy bear – give me a break!!

  1. mickey07 says:

    These idiots’ children are the ones that named their teddy bear “Mohommed.” They are as guilty as the teacher. Justice says that they need to kill their children because they are guilty of the same “crime.”

    Fools like this are changing my opinion of nuclear weapons. If anyone ever deserved to be nuked…

  2. ozzieaussie says:

    I prefer if people are going to comment that they do not advocate violence i.e. “people deserve to be nuked”.

    My purpose is to expose the story and to point out that the feminists remain strangely quiet over these matters.

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