Just a Name

A 54-year-old British teacher is facing 40 lashes for allowing her primary school children in Sudan to name a teddy bear Muhammad. She currently in prison awaiting trial on blasphemy charges.

She is teaching in a Christian school that has both Christian and Muslims students. Apparently Muhammad is fine to name a male child from just about every Muslim family, but to name the teddy is blasphemy.

The lash isn’t enough for some in the view of some of the residents of Khartoum. It didn’t take long after her arrest for word to spread. Groups of young men surrounded the police station, shouting death threats. After all, Sharia can be interpretted in various ways. Who is to say that a good beating is enough for blasphemy?

It’s a good thing we’re supposed to teach in this country that all religions and cultures are equal. On simple observation, sometimes it just doesn’t look that way. It’s a dangerous thing to let the facts speak for themselves.

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