Jewish Journal

Egyptian jailed for insulting Islam on Facebook

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 22, 2011 | 4:33 pm

In Egypt, insulting Islam on Facebook now can earn you three years in jail with hard labor. And the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t even running the show yet.

The story from AFP:

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.

The vagueness regarding Mansur’s comments is also problematic, because it does little to put Egyptians on notice for what types of “insults” can result in jail and hard labor. Read the rest here.

(Hat tip: @religionnews)

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