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    THEY are not like us...part 461

    So, what is the enemy up to these days? The usual.
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    Teddy Teacher Charged In Sudan

    Updated:19:11, Wednesday November 28, 2007
    A British teacher has been charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred after allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed.

    Gillian Gibbons faces 40 lashes - and the British Government has shown its anger by summoning the Sudanese ambassador in London as a "matter of urgency".

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesman said: "We are surprised and disappointed by this development."

    Ms Gibbons has been charged under Article 125 of the criminal code, the Foreign Office confirmed.

    The case will go before a court in Sudan tomorrow and the 54-year-old from Liverpool is expected to appear.

    If convicted, Ms Gibbons faces 40 lashes, six months in prison, or a fine.

    Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said: "We must ask why she has been charged.

    "They know that this is not a particularly serious affair, so why have they chosen to do this?

    "The Justice Minister of Sudan has taken a personal interest in this affair and he has told the general prosecutor to take a personal interest in it."
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    He added: "I think any kind of right-thinking Muslim thinks this is silly. Someone in Sudan wants to make an issue of this."

    Journalist Rob Crilly, in Khartoum, told Sky News that the Sudanese President could intervene in the case.

    "There is a suggestion here that President Bashir himself may pardon her at some stage - this is just coming through from one of his advisers," he said.

    "It suggests that the Sudanese Government had to go this far in charging her - but is not happy with the potential embarrassment this may cause."

    Three British Embassy officials and a teaching colleague from Unity High School visited Ms Gibbons earlier today for more than 90 minutes.

    "I can confirm that we have met Ms Gibbons and she said she is being treated well," said British consul Russell Phillips.

    Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said he was "appalled" at the decision.

    He said: "This is a disgraceful decision and defies common sense.

    "There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith."

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    Re: THEY are not like us...part 461

    The two words 'religion' and 'stupidity' occurring together have a certain connectedness, don't you think?

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    Re: THEY are not like us...part 461

    Yes, you don't have to look past the borders of the US to know that.

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    Re: THEY are not like us...part 461

    .....worse:whip:The two words 'religion' and 'stupidity' occurring together have a certain connectedness, don't you think?
    .......worser :grrr:..''Yes, you don't have to look past the borders of the US to know that''..
    ....worst :heart: is still open...>>>paul ur 1st choice to win!

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