Yesterday, Colleen Doran wrote about several recent human rights abuse cases, including that of Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher in Sudan who was sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation for “insulting religion” because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed, after one of their fellow students. And she could have gotten a lashing for the “crime.”

This morning I heard on the radio that there were Sudanese protesting the teacher’s sentence— “Good for them, ” I thought, briefly. “At least someone has sense.”—and demanding instead that she be executed. “Wait, what?

Seriously, what kind of thought process leads you to believe that killing someone is an appropriate response to that person letting someone else name a toy? This should have ended with her apology. That’s it. Execution? I guess life is cheap when you’re busy killing each other anyway, and a foreign infidel woman’s life must be even cheaper.

I hate to say it, but in that climate, deportation is probably the safest thing that could happen to her.

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