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By Tom Chatfield  

Concerning the English primary school teacher in Sudan accused of insulting Islam by naming a class teddy bear Mohamed, as reported by today’s Times:

As the demonstration on the campus [of Khartoum University] wound down, a group of young men huddled over a sheet of paper drafting an angry statement on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. Elsheikh El Nour, a veterinary scientist, summed up their position. “If she made an innocent mistake and did not mean Muhammad the Prophet there is no problem,” he said, sipping sweet tea. “But if she meant Muhammad the Prophet, this is a big problem…

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