Apparently post-Muslim Brotherhood Egypt has not discarded Sharia blasphemy laws. In any case, we are much freer and more enlightened in the West. If Fatima Naoot had been in the West, she would not face criminal charges for criticizing any aspect of Islam. She would just be excoriated as a “racist” and a “bigot,” and shunned by all decent people.
“Egyptian writer charged for tweet ‘defaming’ Islam,” Times Live, December 27, 2014:
Egyptian prosecutors have referred a writer to a criminal trial on charges of showing contempt for Islam in a tweet allegedly criticising ritual slaughtering, state-run newspaper al-Ahram reported online Saturday.
The referral comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against Fatima Naoot, accusing her of defaming Islam in a tweet in October commenting on Muslims’ annual slaughtering of animals to mark Eid al-Adha, according to al-Ahram.
“A happy massacre,” read the tweet.
No specific date has been set for the trial.
Naoot, a poet and a columnist in independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, denied on Saturday she had meant to lampoon Islam.
“I respect all religions,” she said on her Facebook page.
“This is the bill footed by those who carry torches of enlightenment,” she added, commenting on her trial.
Naoot could be jailed for up to five years if convicted.
In June, an Egyptian court upheld a five-year prison sentence handed down to another writer on charges of showing contempt for religion in a collection of short stories.