Egypt- Christan Copts Insulted Islam by Mocking ISIS
It is not uncommon in the Muslim majority Arab world for citizens, especially non-Muslims, to be criminally charged with “insulting Islam.” Now we find Coptic Christians in “moderate” Egypt charged with mocking the savage Islamic State:
Four Egyptian students and their teacher face charges of “insulting Islam” after they made a video poking fun at the terror group known as ISIS. They were turned in by their Muslim neighbors. The five people, who hail from the [Christian] Coptic community, have already spent weeks in police holding cells.
[Coptic activist Mina Thabet said] that the 30-second video clip failed to support the rumors about the boys supposedly insulting Islam. However, the video did show them mocking ISIS through a fake beheading.
“It’s fair to say that these boys are headed for trial based on how we’ve seen similar cases play out in the past,” [Todd Daniels of International Christian Concern] said. “If convicted under the blasphemy law, they could indeed be detained for the duration of their sentence, or they could receive a suspended sentence because of their age.”
Recall the “controversial” Saturday Night Live video that mocked ISIS. In Egypt, anyone connected with the production of that video would face charges under the Islamic “blasphemy law.”