Alber Saber, Atheist Activist Charged with Blasphemy, Welcomes a New Addition to His Family

Alber Saber is a true hero, an atheist from a country where that just isn’t acceptable.

Over a year ago, Saber posted the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” movie on the Egyptian Atheists Facebook page that he secretly administered.

A few days later, a “Muslim friend and neighbor” made the connection that Saber was the administrator and that he was indirectly criticizing Islam.

A day after that, this was the scene outside his house:

The 27-year-old activist was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of blasphemy. It was said (though I can’t confirm it) that Saber was violently attacked, his throat slit by his enemies, while he was awaiting his verdict.

After his appeal was denied by the courts, Saber paid his bail and left the country. We haven’t heard too much from him since outside of a couple of interviews.

But there’s happy news to report today.

According to Saber’s Facebook page, he and his partner just gave birth to a baby girl:

Her name is Hypatia Alber Saber, named after the brilliant female Egyptian scholar… who was eventually murdered by a Christian mob.

Congratulations to Alber and his family — here’s hoping they’re safe, far away from the intolerance he faced in Egypt.

(Thanks to Richard for the link!)

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  • David Chipman

    Have people forgotten the brouhaha over that stupid short? It was FAKE!

  • Rich Wilson

    Or that Egyptian TV played clips of the same thing. Like the Danish cartoon, it had more to do with channeling anger and hate than anything.

  • m6wg4bxw

    Nine months earlier…

    “Hey, honey. I’m hungry. Make me something delicious to eat.”

  • Eliot Parulidae

    I don’t understand exactly why Muslim fanatics pick out certain blasphemies to riot about, passing over others. There are tons of anti-Muslim short films on YouTube, some of them far more vulgar than Saber’s. The first South Park episode to feature Muhammad got almost no reaction. What criteria are they using to determine whether a blasphemy is riot-worthy?

  • Michael Davis

    Awfully long prep time though.

  • Eliot Parulidae

    That took me a minute.

  • Rich Wilson

    Point of clarification, that wasn’t Saber’s film. He just posted a link to it.

    I think the criteria is that someone wants to have a riot, so they find something to riot about. The Danish cartoons had been out for a long time before someone decided to make a big deal out of them.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    My congrats to Alber and his partner.

  • C Peterson

    Christian fanatics do the same thing (although they don’t tend to riot anymore). All religious fanatics cherry pick their dogma, based largely on the social mores of their time and place (or more often, the somewhat earlier mores… especially in times when they are in flux).

  • Rich Wilson

    Alber and Hypatia