Another Reason to Love the First Amendment

Not content with arresting atheists and Christians for blasphemy and insulting the incredibly delicate feelings of the Muslim majority, the Egyptian government has now issued an arrest warrant against a satirist who has dared to make fun of the government and Muslim clerics.

Egypt’s state prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Saturday for a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country’s president, in the latest legal action to take aim at a critic of the nation’s Islamist leader.

The warrant against Bassem Youssef is also the latest in a series of legal actions against the comedian, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart. Youssef’s widely-watched weekly show, “ElBernameg” or The Program, has become a platform for lampooning the government, opposition, media and clerics.

The fast-paced show has attracted a wide viewership, but has also earned itself its fair share of detractors. Youssef has been a frequent target of lawsuits, most of them brought by Islamist lawyers who have accused him of “corrupting morals” or violating “religious principles.”

If your religious principles need protection from the government, then fuck your religious principles.

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  • mmfwmc

    “If your religious principles need protection from the government, then fuck your religious principles.”

    I think you mean *by* the government. Protection *from* the government is what the first amendment is for, right?

    Wouldn’t normally point out a tiny typo, but someone will probably quote mine you and the next thing you know, Barton and Brian Fischer will be using it as evidence that the secular-communist-muslims want to use the government to impose atheism. And then they’ll never shut up. Actually, that would be hilarious – please forget I spoke.

  • This isn’t about religion – he also made fun of Morsi.

    Religion protects power, and vice-versa. It’s the oldest con-game in the world.

  • Benjamin Franklin said it slightly more circumspectly: “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

  • laurentweppe

    Egypt being the Land of the Cats, I suppose that another Pussy Riot was to be expected

  • I wonder if Morsi and the rest of his people are concerned about what happens in Egypt when the generals decide that things have gone too far and simply close the show with much weeping and bloodshed.