Slimane Bouhafs said that the light of Jesus would outshine that of Islam. For that, he got five years for “blasphemy.” The statement he made, however, was simply an expression of the Christian faith — something that any Christian aside from woolly-minded Leftists would believe.
And so this incident encapsulates what so many Christians in the West don’t understand: when we held our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, many Christians excoriated us, saying it wasn’t charitable for Christians to offend the religious sensibilities of Muslims. What they don’t get is that any expression of the Christian faith is liable to be deemed blasphemous by Muslims such as those who prosecuted Bouhafs. If Christians must curtail their behavior to avoid offending Muslims, they will soon have to stop being Christians.
“Algerian Christian given 5 years in prison for saying Jesus will outshine Islam on Facebook,” by Christian Deguit, Christian Daily, August 14, 2016:
An Algerian Christian man has been sentenced to five whole years in prison after making alleged “blasphemous statements” online about Islam and Prophet Muhammad.
Slimane Bouhafs, who is 49 years old, converted to Christianity almost 20 years ago. He was arrested earlier in July for posting on his Facebook account that the light of Jesus will be able to outshine Islam and its main prophet. He also published photos of persons being executed by Islamic radicals.
On August 7, he appeared before a judge in the nearby town of Setif in Algeria’s Kabylie region. He was accompanied by his son, Larbi, who is 27 years old.
“The court sentenced my father to the maximum sentence! I qualify the crime of opinion matter, because my father was expressing his ideas and spread his political views on social networks as it has always done elsewhere. It is an attack on freedom of expression because, in my opinion, everything is subject to criticism, even religions,” Larbi Bouhafs said.
The Constitution of Algeria states that authorities have the privilege to assess and judge allegations of blasphemy against Islam, which is the country’s state religion. If it is decided that the act made by the person was blasphemous, the person can be forced to pay a hefty fine and/or face a penalty of three to five years in prison….