November 27th, 2007
11:17 PM ET

What's in a Name?

There are a lot of freedoms taken for granted in the U.S.  Sometimes, we don't even realize this until we see those same freedoms restricted somewhere else.  Take the second report in Wednesday's show for example:  A British schoolteacher working in Sudan was arrested because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear "Mohammed."

Sudan's government says some of the Muslim students' parents were offended, apparently because they felt this was an insult to their religion.  And because northern Sudan is under Islamic law, the teacher could be jailed or beaten for the incident.  (This week, she was charged with inciting religious hatred.)

Now we have the freedom in America to name the class pet, for example, whatever we want.  But imagine how it would be if your teacher – or you, for that matter – could be arrested, jailed or beaten for picking a name that someone else found offensive.

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