The BBC has announced that a British school teacher in Sudan has been arrested for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed, thereby insulting the prophet. (Cripes, if I had a dog right now, guess what I’d change his name to?) It’s possible that she may get up to six months in jail, 40 lashes, or a fine. I am not even going to comment on this except to say that I’m really sick of hearing about these idiotic laws and outrages over ridiculous things like cartoons and teddy bears, and I’m even sicker of hearing apologists for some invisible moderate form of Islam whine, “but not all Muslims are like that.” Sigh.
Donna Druchunas is a freelance technical writer and editor and a knitwear designer. When she's not working, she blogs, studies Lithuanian, reads science and sci-fi books, mouths off on atheist forums, and checks her email every three minutes. (She does that when she's working, too.) Although she loves to chat, she can't keep an IM program open or she'd never get anything else done.