Egyptian sentenced to 3 years for insulting Islam in his Facebook postings
CAIRO — Egypt’s state media says a Cairo court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for postings on Facebook deemed to be inciting sectarianism and in contempt of Islam.
The MENA state news agency said Saturday a the misdemeanor court found Ayman Mansour had intentionally mocked Islam and used “outrageous and scurrilous” language in describing the religion’s holy book, the Quran, and its prophet and believers.
The court said freedom of belief doesn’t excuse contempt that may offend believers and “subject the regime and the country’s security to serious dangers.”
Egypt is grappling with an increasingly assertive ultraconservative Islamist trend, and recent clashes between the military police and Coptic Christians have heightened fears of increasing sectarian strife.
One of the things that I found most appalling about the western left's response to the Arab riots and uprisings, which they ironically call "the Arab Spring," was the willful naivete.
People were screaming from the hillsides that democracy was on the march in the Arab and Muslim world.
Very early on I took a wait and see approach to the question and I still maintain a wait and see approach.
Unfortunately, however, what I am seeing does not look a whole lot like democracy.
They even tend to think of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a genocidal organization and the father of Hamas, as a "moderate" organization. How foolish is this? The Muslim Brotherhood, as anyone who knows anything about the history of the organization can tell you, has a lineage that goes, in part, to Nazi Germany.
And, yet, here we have "liberals" and "progressives" telling the world how wonderful it is that the Egyptians have risen up to throw off their shackles and proclaim their freedom.
I'll believe in Egyptian democracy when I see it.
Meanwhile, on the left, the only actual democracy in that part of the world, Israel, gets perpetually defamed as a racist, colonialist, imperialist, apartheid, racist country and those of us who support Israel get defamed, sometimes directly and sometimes by implication, as racist, colonialist, imperialist, apartheid, racist people.
It's just grotesque, really.