Teddy-Bear Teacher Home

Gillian Gibbons, the teacher who sparked the greatest spasm of the religion of peace since the Danish cartoon episode, arrived safely home in Britain this morning.

Ms. Gibbons came to worldwide attention after children in her class named a teddy bear Muhammad. She was first threatened with 40 lashes and imprisonment for the crime of blasphemy, which, in addition to being just plain over-the-top absurd, seems oddly hypocritical, given that Muslims slam Christians as polytheists for our belief in the divinity of Christ.

She lucked out at trial, being convicted of the lesser charges of inciting hatred–there’s more of that hypocrisy–and insulting Islam; she was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Thousands of protesters enraged by the “leniency” of the sentence, many armed with clubs and swords and beating drums, burned pictures of her and demanded her execution, in Khartoum, where any such rally would require official consent. As concern for her safety mounted, the Sudanese president pardoned her and let her go home.

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain lamented, “This has certainly given ammunition to those who never miss an opportunity to portray Muslims as intolerant.” And a group of Muslim clerics in Sudan claimed that Ms. Gibbons is part of a Western plot against Islam.

Yup, that’s it; it’s all a vast Western conspiracy to make Islam look bad.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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