Maybe this affects me more than most people because I used to be a teacher, but I’m very upset with this whole business in Sudan. For those of you who haven’t heard the story yet, I’ll fill you in.
A British primary school teacher thought she’d motivate her students to journal. She tried a trick many teachers use in North America. She had a student share her teddy bear with the class. Then the students were asked to come up with a few names so they could later vote on the best name. The children suggested eight names including: Abdullah, Hassan and Muhammad. It was really an innocent project, where the kids would take turns bringing the bear home for the weekend and then journaling about it later. Apparently, all of the journal pages were put together in a class book. One parent reported the teacher to the police stating she was insulting the Prophet of Islam by calling the bear by the same name. If convicted, the teacher could receive 40 lashes, a large fine or six months in jail.
Although the teacher should’ve been better informed about the religious beliefs of these people, this is going way too far. Cancel her contract, send her back home, but don’t punish her as though she purposely committed a crime.