In a development in the incident that has been beat to death by rightwingers here as proof that Islam is not a religion of peace, a British schoolteacher in Sudan has been pardoned by the President of Sudan and had the remainder of her 15 day jail sentence commuted.

A British teacher in Sudan jailed over the naming of a teddy bear has been released from police custody, the British Embassy in Khartoum said, several hours after Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir pardoned her.

Gillian Gibbons, freed after Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir granted her a presidential pardon earlier Monday, apologized for any distress her actions may have caused.

Now clearly her ignorance of what Muslims would find offensive (and thus she was unequipped to override her students) is not worthy of jail time, but the pardon shows some sensitivity by Sudanese officials. The fact that some hardliners agitated for her execution isn’t really noteworthy: hardliners here in the States say all kinds of crazy things that aren’t really indicative of our justice system. (For example, that thieves shot by homeowners got “justice”; that’s only true if you believe all thieves should be executed.)

In fact, I’d like to point out this passage from a Time article about protests around the time of her sentencing:

Riot police looked on as the protesters marched from the palace to Unity High School, where Gibbons had taught, and then on to the British embassy. But the demonstration was isolated, and most of Khartoum remained peaceful. Many Sudanese families spent the afternoon in the city’s small parks along the Nile River as usual.

Teachers at Unity High have stood by their colleague, noting that the first complaint came only last week despite the fact that parents had been aware of the class bear’s name since September.

Funny, I don’t remember seeing right-wingers mentioning any of this. Probably because it undermines their propaganda.

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  • Oh please! You cannot be serious with this post!

    They wanted this ladies head because she allowed the little baby terrorists to name a frickin teddy bear after their pervert leader!

  • You Plunderbunders sure do work very hard to preserve the bubble of ignorance you’ve erected around yourselves. I suppose you have deep-seated reasons to avoid confronting the unpleasant aspects of Islam and its practice worldwide. Islam’s ugliness doesn’t fit your narrative about the primary threat to America being Christofascist Godbags skulking in dark alleys.

  • “Islamofascists” cannot take away my liberties. And the vast majority of Muslims are not radicals out for Western blood.

    Home-grown extremism – whatever it’s motive or motivation – is a much more immediate danger. Especially when people who think some citizens should be stripped of said citizenship can find themselves in the White House.

  • #1: Nice work drumming up the fear of fear itself over at your blogsite. LOL. Osama pushing the button. Funny you should mention the O word. Whatever happened to that guy anyways? Deaths are tragic, but the fact pretty much remains that we are more likely to die in traffic going to work tomorrow than we are from a terrorist strike. I’m heavily insulated from probability because I work from home. đŸ˜‰ But good luck with that fear thing. One things Bush has made us all do is wise up. Go play that shit in your ’04 time machine brother. Ain’t gonna work nowadays.

    #2: I might remind you that we have those on our streets who “thank god for dead soldiers” in the name of a christian god. i hope like hell those around the world don’t see this and think we are all like this. don’t you?

    #3: Bubble of ignorance is an interesting charge coming from a modern day conservative. Unpleasantness is all over. Keep turning over stones. Unless of course you wanna live in a bubble of conservative ignorant bliss. Christofascists have the money, the position, and the desire to ruin our country. Whackjobs protesting in the Middle East do not. How’s that for piercing your bubble of ignorance? Think!

  • Christofascists have the money, the position, and the desire to ruin our country. Whackjobs protesting in the Middle East do not.

    You absolutely refuse to comprehend the threat posed by the jihadists.

  • “Islamofascists” cannot take away my liberties. And the vast majority of Muslims are not radicals out for Western blood.

    The jihadists can kill you, and will do so if given a chance. That’s the worst possible infringement of civil rights.

    Furthermore, the vast majority of Muslims aren’t radicals … but it only takes a sizable minority to make the threat a critical one.

  • #6: I absolutely refuse to have the shit scared out of me by those who have more than just my security in mind when they wage wars in my name. But that’s just me. You can live in your little NeoCon bubble all you want. I, and the majority of Americans, refuse to.

  • The jihadists can kill you, and will do so if given a chance. That?s the worst possible infringement of civil rights.

    If the founding fathers felt that way, we’d have Queen Elizabeth on our currency.

    I’m not saying foreigners trying to kill American citizens aren’t a threat, and aren’t something to be taken seriously. It’s just that you guys severely overinflate the threat. I’d be willing to bet my entire retirement fund that I’ll make it to retirement – that’s 35 to 40 years from now – without being killed by a terrorist.

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