Egypt orders Islamist detained for insulting Christianity

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Egypt orders Islamist detained for insulting Christianity

Post by DJKeefy » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:25 am

Firebrand Islamist preacher who burned copy of New Testament outside US embassy in Cairo last year is detained on charges of 'insulting religion'.

Egypt's state prosecutor ordered on Sunday an extremist Islamic preacher detained for questioning on suspicion of insulting religion after a complaint from a Christian activist, a judicial source said.

The preacher Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, is already on trial for tearing up a bible during a protest outside the American embassy in Cairo in September over a short film made in the United States that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

The latest probe came after a complaint filed by Coptic Christian activist Nagib Gibrail who accused Abu Islam of insulting Christians on a television show.

Egyptian law forbids insults against religion, allowing police in the past to arrest Shiite Muslims and Christians for alleged slights against Islam.

A court last month upheld death sentences for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians who live in the United States and were accused of producing "Innocence of Muslims," a movie that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

The movie triggered outrage across the Muslim world when it surfaced last September.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/65027.aspx


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Re: Egypt orders Islamist detained for insulting Christianit

Post by Teddyboy » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:45 am

Tit for tat, this shows the utter fatuity of legislating against 'insults'!

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Post by Ra-Mont » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:51 pm

Why do they burn books? Don't they ever learn from history?

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