Here’s another disturbing story that should make us thankful for the First Amendment. An Egyptian court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for insulting Islam with his postings on Facebook.
The Cairo court found that Ayman Yusef Mansur “intentionally insulted the dignity of the Islamic religion and attacked it with insults and ridicule on Facebook,” the agency reported.
The court said his insults were “aimed at the Noble Koran, the true Islamic religion, the Prophet of Islam and his family and Muslims, in a scurrilous manner,” the agency reported.
It did not provide details on what he had written that was deemed to be offensive.
Mansur was arrested in August after police tracked him down through his internet address.
Egyptian law outlaws insults to religion. The law has been used in the past to try Shiite Muslims.
MENA did not mention Mansur’s religion or beliefs, but quoted the court as saying that “all members of religions are obligated to tolerate the others’ existence.”
The court is being ridiculous. Tolerating the existence of other religions has nothing at all to do with not criticizing those religions. I don’t know why people have such a difficult time with that very simple concept. A child could understand it. And I highly doubt that the Egyptian courts apply this same standard to Muslim criticism of Jews.
And of course, the Pam Geller crowd will link to this story and say, “A ha! You see what the Muslims want to do here!” As if there was nothing to prevent such things from happening in the United States. And as if recognizing the barbarism of such ideas requires us to think that Sharia law will soon be enforced here. And as if anyone who doubts the latter much support the former.