Egyptian Christian, 17, gets three years in jail for Facebook cartoons that ‘insulted Islam'

This is the kind of free speech restriction that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is trying to compel Western states to adopt. “Egypt sends Christian student to jail for insulting Islam,” from Reuters, April 4

Its unlikely that he ever gets out of jail alive:

CAIRO-  (The Star)  An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a 17-year-old Christian boy to three years in jail for publishing cartoons on his Facebook page that mocked Islam and the Prophet Mohammad, actions that sparked sectarian violence.

Gamal Abdou Massoud was also accused of distributing some of his cartoons to his school friends in a village in the southern city of Assiut, home to a large Christian population and the hometown of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda.


Blasphemers R’us:
 One would think that the draconian treatment we see meted out to critics of Islam in undemocratic countries would result here in a deeper appreciation of the treasure we hold in freedom of speech. Strangely, it’s the other way around. They should be emulating us, but we’re emulating them.
Execution  (or jail)   for religious blasphemy? How primitive. In Canada, we merely have blasphemers called up before human rights commissions, to be humiliated and occasionally bankrupted.”  (BCF)

“Assiut child’s court ordered the jailing of Gamal Abdou Massoud … for three years after he insulted Islam and published and distributed pictures that insulted Islam and its Prophet,” the court said in a statement seen by Reuters.

The cartoons, published by Massoud in December, prompted some Muslims to attack Christians. Several Christian houses were burned and several Christians were injured in the violence.

Human rights lawyer Negad al-Borai said the jail sentence was the maximum penalty under Egyptian law for such a crime.

Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of the country’s 80 million population, have long been exploited, oppressed and murdered  by Egypt’s fanatical Muselmaniacs. had a difficult relationship with Egypt’s overwhelmingly Muslim majority. The Christian Copts are the indigenous people of Egypt.

Tension between Muslims and Christians has simmered for years but has got worse since the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Christians have become increasingly worried by a surge in attacks on churches, which they blame on hardline Islamists, though experts say local disputes are often also to blame.

F*kc the “expert” liars!