Sudan's top clerics said in a statement Wednesday that the full measure of the law should be applied against Gibbons, calling the incident part of a broader Western "plot" against Islam.
The Sudanese clerics said this was blasphemy and believed it was intentional.
"What has happened was not haphazard or carried out of ignorance, but rather a calculated action and another ring in the circles of plotting against Islam," the Sudanese Assembly of the Ulemas said the statement.
"It is part of the campaign of the so-called war against terrorism and the intense media campaign against Islam," they said.
I was so very upset today to read this story. Here is a woman setting out to make a small difference in this world, and this is her reward.
It's very hard to try and be rational with muslims who are extremist. I don't know how many of you remember your elementary school days, but I remember a similar exercise in my 2nd grade. Instead it was a turtle, and not a bear, for me. We named the turtle. Each student got to carry it home and we had to write about the turtle. I remember getting to carry the turtle home for the weekend and spending most of the time staring at it and feeding it lettuce.
So, this wasn't some spiteful anti Islam mission. This should have been understood without a need for arresting her. A simple, "change the bear's name" would have been the rational manner in which to handle this situation. But, unfortunately, we're dealing with a religion that makes it very hard for others to practice tolerance. More and more, each day, I find it harder and harder to look at the religion of Islam with rose colored glasses...
Abortion is legal in the US.