In a clear sign of where the hate of extremists originates, a lynch mob of thousands of Muslims formed after Friday prayers in the Sudan calling for the death of a British teacher. The teacher had allowed one of her students to call their teddy-bear Mohammed. Sentenced to a lesser charge, she will serve fifteen days in prison and then be deported, as detailed at Little Green Footballs.
Story from Fox News:
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, protested Friday outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, demanding the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pick-up trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gillian Gibbons, the teacher who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation.
They massed in central Martyrs Square, outside the palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed, though they did not attempt to disrupt the rally. “Shame, shame on the U.K.,” protesters chanted, and they called for Gibbons’ execution, saying, “No tolerance: Execution,” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad.”
The women’s prison where Gibbons is being held is far from the site. Unity High School, which is closer by in central Khartoum, is under heavy security protection.
The protest arose despite vows by Sudanese security officials the day before, during Gibbons’ trial, that threatened demonstrations after Friday prayers would not take place. Some of the protesters carried green banners with the name of the Society for Support of the Prophet Muhammad, a previously unknown group.
Update: more at Little Green Footballs, and you have to wonder why the government of Sudan will take time to prosecute this and not the Janjaweed murderers.