Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

Summary: Ayman Hassan Mansour has been sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts found to be insulting to the Islamic religion.

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A Cairo court has sentenced Ayman Hassan Mansour to three years in prison for postings on Facebook. He was charged with "exploitation of religion to promote extremist ideas with the intention of inciting sectarian strife, damaging national unity, and insulting the Islamic religion."

Mansour reportedly confessed to the charges, but did not provide justification for his actions. Police tracked Mansour online and arrested him in August. Judge Sherif Kamel, head of the Azbakiya Court of First Instance, said Ayman Youssef Mansour created the Facebook Page "Al-Monadel Mard" and used it to express opinions that threaten national unity.

The MENA state news agency reported the misdemeanor court found the defendant willfully used "outrageous and scurrilous" words to defame the Quran, the religion of Islam, the Prophet of Islam, as well as Muslims and members of his household, according to CBS News. It did not say what exactly he had written that was deemed to be offensive.

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  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    Thank you religion for the thousands of years of war and supression of free speech and science!
    Martijn2
    • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

      @Martijn2
      You don't need to blame that on religion itself, but specific ideas and beliefs of certain religions, and how many people misuse them for their own power and control.
      doh123
      • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

        @doh123
        Name a religion that has cured a disease.

        The whole concept of faith over evidence is destructive and counter-productive by definition.
        Onaka
      • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

        That's impossible, as religions are ideas.

        That would be like saying which scientific theory has cured a disease. The answer would be the same: none.

        Ideas can't do anything, it takes a person with an idea to do something.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

        @Onaka <br>You assume faith has no evidence, or are separate things. Many who have never experienced faith, or have closed their minds to it, do not understand it, but rationalize what it must be to try to explain it for themselves. Some people do believe just to believe, so I cannot speak for everyone. For myself, as a Christian, I have a personal relationship with Jesus. i have had his existence proven to me. But proof in this type of endeavor is usually very personal, so what might be undeniable proof to one person, can mean nothing to someone else. Many people miss it, or just find it later on... not everyone is saved. Also many times many people do horrible things in the name of some religion, but thats just that person misusing a religion to try to get their own way. Don't assume everyone who claims to follow some certain faith is telling you the truth.
        doh123
    • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

      @Martijn2 Actually religious people are the ones that largely brought about free speech and science. I'm most familiar with astronomy on science so how about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton? Mendel? For free speech how about the founding fathers who wrote about God given rights? If you want to get picky and only draw from one side then science has brought us mustard gas, atomic bombs, pollution, child labor (industrial revolution), etc.
      boomchuck1
      • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

        @boomchuck1 ; your post is GREAT! Thankyou!
        Ernesto.Guiterman
      • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

        @boomchuck1 - our founding fathers were mostly all deists and had a healthy and well founded distrust of the clergy. It has been the clergy (not religion, per se) that has practiced oppression and misogyny since the beginning of human culture. You can't deny the history.
        omb00900@...
    • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

      @Martijn2 Islam is not a religion in those parts of the world, it is a government.
      prof.ebral
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    In islam there is no such thing as faith over evidence. We have faith, evidence and common sense pls google proofs of islam and click the first link for some of them stay blessed
    rphat
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    Their day is coming, very soon you'll see the lot of them at war and it is likely to end bad for them. Of course they'll cry foul while never owning the guilt of their own oppression!
    slickjim
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    maybe
    crazyhorsea
  • Wish I knew what he'd posted.

    "the defendant willfully used ???outrageous and scurrilous??? words to defame the Quran, the religion of Islam, the Prophet of Islam, as well as Muslims and members of his household, according to CBS News. It did not say what exactly he had written that was deemed to be offensive."

    Because I'd reproduce his posts on my page if I thought they had merit.
    Dr_Zinj
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    so much for the freedom the people revolted for!
    geofer50
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/ann-widdecombe-uk-aid-policy-should-help-persecuted-christians/
    humph@...
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    Thank you for the Author of this Article.

    Let's see how much time it will stick in the web, before the dictators of political correctness attack.

    Where are the advocates of free speech, and the ones who promote the "Arab spring" Democracy and Freedom?
    Where are the defenders of the Minorities?

    Either way this page is already in Zotero.
    Jo?o Arcanjo
  • Obama helped topple Mubarak

    Obama practically demanded Mubarak to step down, gave him no support in effecting a peaceful transition, and did so while consulting none of Egypt's neighbors, not even Saudi Arabia. The resulting "Arab Spring" is not led by normal mainstream Muslims, but by a coalition of leftists and religious fanatics who crush both economic and personal freedoms. Yet our President is happy about the outcome. Could this be what he also wants for America?
    richardschennberg
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    I am a Christian, and don't like some of the things that (radical) Muslims do...however, if we were to ban it from the US we would be no better than the militant practitioners and go against everything our Country was founded on. I don't believe in bombing abortion clinics, burning witches, or going on crusades killing infidels either.

    PS. @ Boomchuck1 and Doh123 - Nice posts.
    Splunge
  • RE: Egyptian sentenced to three years for defaming Islam on Facebook

    Religion of peace...
    bb_apptix
  • Ha! That's rich!!!

    This poor fellow is accused of exploitation of religion to promote extremist ideas with the intention of inciting sectarian strife, damaging national unity, and insulting the Islamic religion.<br><br>Gee. Isn't that EXACTLY what the Muslim Brotherhood is doing? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!<br><br>This story tells me that the "Arab Spring" in Egypt is doomed, as it likely is everywhere else in the Mideast. You can't have liberty without codifying our 1st Amendment, word for word! And what chance is there of that in any single Islamic country? The clergy wields too much power and wouldn't allow it. I wrote the following little ditty, which says it all...<br><br>Arab Spring<br><br>All across the Middle East, an Arab Spring doth bloom,<br>and all the free world wonders if for liberty there's room.<br>Amidst the din of pundits, there's one real truth that I know.<br>Without our First Amendment, freedom has no chance to grow!<br><br>Of all the tenets in that brilliant codification,<br>the keystone without which all the others surely fall,<br>it's not redress, assembly, speech or publication,<br>it's separation of church from law that trumps them all!<br><br>Good government can't be had without a fair debate,<br>but discourse becomes fixed, if religion must abide.<br>One needn't be a prophet to see an argument's fate,<br>when one side can make the claim that God is on their side!<br><br>(that's my story, and I'm sticking to it)
    omb00900@...