Fundamental differences of Culture
November 30, 2007 7:21 AM Subscribe
A few months ago, a British Schoolteacher in Sudan allowed a class of hers to vote on a name for a teddy bear. The class of seven year olds decided - with a majority of 20:3 - to name the stuffed toy Mohammad. Last week, she was arrested
for this 'crime' after several of the parents complained, and has been sentenced to 15 days in prison and will be deported. However, that isn't good enough for the thousands of people that marched on martyrs square today and demanded that she instead be killed for this crime.
Despite the fact that one of the pupils voted for the name as it was the same as his own
, and the Foreign Office intervening
(calling it a 'storm in a tea cup'), the cultural differences raised over the simple naming of a toy and its deep religious implications to the Sudanese Islamic people may well be creating an international incident worthy of watching.
Interestingly, the school has felt the need to close until January for fear of reprisals.