Democracy on the march! Of course, the U.S. today is little better. You can’t go to prison yet for saying something that Muslims deem offensive, but that is coming in due course, for the first step has already been taken: forbidding telling the truth about Islam for fear of offending Muslims. Punishing those who dare to tell the truth about Islam anyway is the eventual next step in our long, slow slide toward Sharia. “Egyptian sentenced to 3 years for insulting Islam in his Facebook postings,” from the Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, October 22:
CAIRO “” Egypt’s state media says a Cairo court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for postings on Facebook deemed to be inciting sectarianism and in contempt of Islam.
The MENA state news agency said Saturday a the misdemeanor court found Ayman Mansour had intentionally mocked Islam and used “outrageous and scurrilous” language in describing the religion’s holy book, the Quran, and its prophet and believers.
The court said freedom of belief doesn’t excuse contempt that may offend believers and “subject the regime and the country”s security to serious dangers.”
Egypt is grappling with an increasingly assertive ultraconservative Islamist trend, and recent clashes between the military police and Coptic Christians have heightened fears of increasing sectarian strife.
Note to AP: there is nothing “ultraconservative” about quashing the freedom of speech and persecuting Christians. AP, like all news agencies these days, has abandoned all pretense and labels as “conservative” anything they dislike, and as “liberal” anything they like. So we get the paradox that one is “conservative” for wanting to impose Sharia, and one is “conservative” for also resisting the imposition of Sharia.