Really, this isn't any worse than any of the other atrocities committed by Muslim governments every week, like the woman who was given 200 lashes for riding in a car with an unrelated man, who also raped her. For some reason this teacher in Sudan has really grabbed my attention. I guess it's because her picture is everywhere, and she just looks so kind and innocent, I dunno.
Anyways, after the Sudanese embassy assured the world that this entire thing was a "tempest in a teapot", a misunderstanding that would certainly amount to nothing, Gillian Gibbons has been charged with the crime of blasphemy. She was in court today (verdict pending at the time of this writing), and must "prove her innocence" to avoid punishments ranging from fines, to jail time, to lashings from a stiff leather whip. That's a quote by the way, prove her innocence. That's how they do things in Sudan.
As before, of course, the quotes from all sides are unbelievable.
"I hope the charges will be dropped and I hope she will be released but I also hope that people will understand that the whole thing came about because of insensitivity on her part," spokesman Khaled al-Mubarak told the BBC.That's right. We hope she isn't punished, but if she is then she deserves it.
Miliband said in his statement: "The British government fully respects the faith of Islam and Britain has a longstanding tradition of religious tolerance."
Chamberlain said in his statement: "The British government fully respects the politics of National Socialism and Britain has a longstanding tradition of antisemetic genocidal tolerance."
The sentence has been returned: she's guilty of insulting Islam, and has received 15 days in a Sudanese jail. I guess its better than a year in jail, and she wasn't given 50 lashes. But really, how pleasant can a Sudanese jail be? I wouldn't be surprised if she became acquainted with the whip anyways, and possibly a healthy dose of rape as well. The Reuters article I linked to above has simply changed, instead of writing a new article. Of course they got rid of those quotes I posted, so I don't know if they're still recorded anywhere. Reuters couldn't wait to remove any evidence of criticism against this fucking awful joke of a religion masquerading as a government.