Saturday, December 1, 2007

Religion of Peace...My Ass!

Thousands of Muslim Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, protested Friday outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, demanding the execution of British teacher Gillian Gibbons who was convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

They burned pictures of Gibbons and called for her execution, saying, "No tolerance: Execution," and "Kill her, kill her by firing squad."

Several hundred protesters, not openly carrying weapons, marched to Unity High School, where Gibbons worked, about 1.2 miles from the square. They stood chanting slogans outside the school, which is closed and under heavy security, then marched toward the nearby British Embassy.

During Friday sermons, the Muslim cleric at Khartoum's main Martyrs Mosque denounced Gibbons, saying she intentionally insulted Islam. "Imprisoning this lady does not satisfy the thirst of Muslims in Sudan." the cleric, Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri, a well-known hard-liner, told worshippers.

My question to American Muslins: Where is your outrage?

Not surprisingly, they remain strangly silent as usual.

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