I have been following this story lately and it is surprising how it has escalated over the past few days. Miss Gibbons has been arrested and charged in Sudan for naming or allowing a teddy to be named Mohamed, whichever the case maybe. Whether she named the teddy herself or let her pupils name the teddy is something not known for certain yet. The prosecution team
has completed its investigation and has charged the Briton Gillian [Gibbons] under article 125 of the criminal code
My interpretations of the situation thus far are here:
- Surely when Miss Gibbons was on her way to Sudan to teach English to the young impoverished kids there she would have taken into consideration the culture of the people there, the religion and the laws and jurisdictions that govern them.
- If after all this, and while cognisant of the religious aspects and the events of the Danish cartoons just a short while ago now, she managed to name or allowed the children to name the teddy Mohamed, then in all fairness, she was imprudently advised.
- But if that was an honest mistake on her part, and she never meant any offence, then surely Miss Gibbons must be released.
- Or is it this case has some underlying political connotations and Miss Gibbons is being used as pawn?
As with everything else nowadays, religion seems to be at the heart of every debate.
It is pretty simple though and the rule is universal. We live in Britain and being the law-abiding citizens that we are, abide by the rules and regulations that govern us here. Conversely, when the Brits go to live abroad, surely they must be expected to abide by the laws of that country, however extreme those laws may be… or don’t go!
What do you think…?