Alber Saber Convicted Of Blasphemy By Egyptian Court; Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison.
“The case of Alber Saber is one of several seen by rights advocates as a campaign led by Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. Many of those targeted in the campaign are Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 85 million.
“Saber was arrested Sept. 13, after neighbors complained he had shared on Facebook the amateur film made in the United States that sparked protests across the Muslim world. His arrest came during a wave of public outrage over the film, produced by an Egyptian-American Copt.”
So much for “freedom of speech” in Egypt! Can any 21st century nation survive with such repressive policies? What can American Muslims do about the intolerance of their cousins? Blasphemy is a religious, not a civil, offense.
Here’s Thomas L. Friedman’s take on the current turmoil in Egypt: “What has brought hundreds of thousands of Egyptians back into the streets, many of them first-time protesters, is the fear that autocracy is returning to Egypt under the guise of Islam. The real fight here is about freedom, not religion.”
(Read the New York Times opinion piece here.)
Do you agree? Has Egypt “replaced one autocracy, led by Hosni Mubarak, with another, led by the Muslim Brotherhood”?
Afghanistan Women’s Rights Abuses Prevail Despite New Law, U.N. Says.
What’s so difficult about the concept of a nation’s future depending on women as well as men? Putting handcuffs on half the population does nothing except further ignorance.
Muslim-majority countries will never garner global respect when incidents of violence against women remain largely under-reported because of cultural restraints, social norms and religious beliefs.
“The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides on Sunday, as President Mohamed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests and a boycott to undermine the vote….
“Over the past two weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have poured into the streets to oppose the charter, crowds have attacked 28 Muslim Brotherhood offices and the group’s headquarters, and at least seven people have died in clashes between Islamist and secular political factions.”
Read more here: “Opponents of Egypt’s Leader Call for Boycott of Charter Vote”.
As an American Muslim, what stake do you have in the outcome of these violent confrontations?