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December 3, 2007

“Mohammed” Teddy Bear Controversy: Religious Zealotry? Anti-Imperialist Conspiracy?

Allen @ 1:35 pm   |  Comments Off on “Mohammed” Teddy Bear Controversy: Religious Zealotry? Anti-Imperialist Conspiracy?
Filed under: Morality/Ethics

Nope, just plain old “disgruntled worker syndrome”.  The moral of the story: Beware who you shitcan.  Especially in a Muslim country.

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — In an effort to shut down Khartoum’s Unity High School, a disgruntled former employee alerted Sudanese officials that a British teacher had allowed her class to name a teddy bear “Mohammed,” a British source and Sudanese presidential palace source told Time magazine’s Sam Dealey.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, was convicted last week of insulting religion and sentenced to 15 days in jail and deportation. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir pardoned her from her prison sentence on Monday and she later left on a flight for England.

The two sources said Sarah Khawad was fired as the school’s secretary in November after an employment spat and threatened to shut down the school.

The sources said Khawad did not appear to have a vendetta against Gibbons, but hoped that by bringing the teddy bear incident to the education minister’s attention, he would close down the school for anti-Islamic teachings.

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