Egyptian Court Sentences Florida Pastor and Six Others To Death In Absentia For Insulting Islam

Egyptian judges are in the news for their resistance to the attempt of President Mohammed Morsi’s claim of unchecked power. However, progressive values can mean radically different things in some parts of the world. An Egyptian court this week convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor of insulting Islam and sentenced them to death.

The case was prompted by the low-budget film, “Innocence of Muslims,” produced by an Egyptian-American Coptic named Mark Basseley Youssef. He and the other defendants were found guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information.

Among the defendants is Florida-based Terry Jones, who has acquired international infamy for his burning of a Koran and other anti-Islamic acts.

While the resistance to unchecked power is heartening, Egypt continues to maintain blasphemy laws that punish religious minorities and agnostics.

Source: Washington Post

27 thoughts on “Egyptian Court Sentences Florida Pastor and Six Others To Death In Absentia For Insulting Islam”

  1. A decent president would get them back to the US. Oops, we don’t have a decent president.

  2. Rafflaw “Crazy legal actions based on religion! Just another example why we need to keep a separation between church and state!”

    That goes for atheism as well. Oh, but I forgot, they have HELP with the legal system, inverting the meaning of “separation between church and state”, using activist judges to legislate THEIR interpretation of such.

  3. Rafflaw, Look at Jesus. Jesus is diametrically apposed to executions. Jesus followed the spirit of the father in him perfectly. Had he not in body followed the spirit of God perfectly would have ended up in the devils jail when he died not ministering to the souls in the devils jail at all. People thinking God warred are wrong. There is another master you know. That master likes death. God is not self destructive. Had he be Jesus would have been known not as the prince of peace being known as the king of war. Islamic law follows the king of war who is the fallen angel lucifer who is known as Satan

  4. If you would like to see somethng very prohetic, go to the King Tut Exhibit in Seattle, at the Paciffica Museum.

    But for the next Hundred Years do not go near Egypt. They ELECTED a tent head dictator. It is a Pirate territory, None dare call it a nation.

  5. David – Pastor Jones is for separation of state and every church except his, not a minor difference 🙂

    OS – I’ll chip in for that ticket also, the world would be a better place without him.

    One of the saddest consequences of our senseless war on countries where Islam is the majority religion has been the backlash. Nations like Egypt where Christians were left unmolested and Iraq where there were both Christian and Jewish communities doing OK and not being threatened have now become hostile places for non-muslims.

    Religious zealots in these nations want to relive the dark ages and we are not making it better, we are in fact helping them make things worse

  6. Why stop at these 8 men, why not throw in Felix the Cat as well. Cartoons are inherently evil and judging from that Bag of Tricks he carries, he must be a sorcerer and a soothsayer.

  7. Put me down for a donation to send jones to Egypt….. Or back to Dearborn…..they might show him all the love and affection he’d get in Egypt ….

  8. Sentencing the Coptics is over the top. I am less certain about Pastor Terry Jones. I am sure there are any number of people willing to chip in and buy him a plane ticket to Cairo.

  9. One death Six deaths is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. – Stalin 2.0

    Not much silver lining in the realm of reality these daze:

    More than 100 million people will die … by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

    (Reuters, bold added). When this starts going down a lot of people are going to want to hurt somebody in some places, so it could be that oil company people will be the new targets of the wrath of foreign nations like this:

    A U.S.-based Egyptian-American said to be behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” and six other Egyptian Christians were sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Cairo Wednesday.

    The film, which insulted the prophet Muhammad, sparked violent protests and attacks on U.S. embassies across the Middle East when it was released in September.

    (NBC, JT’s Link). If just making a film that is anti-Mohammad is sufficient to bring a death penalty, what will global warming caused deaths of hundreds of millions bring?

    Seriously, over 100 million by 2030 is one holocaust per year (5.8 million per year). Germany did only one holocaust in ~4 years.

    Take cover.

  10. Rafflaw,
    We can produce quite a number of crazy quasi-Christian motivated laws ourselves. Not to speak of the volume of secular crazy ones.

    Jonathan Hughes,
    Did I hear that the OT contains many examples of religiously motivated executions. So it’s there to use when we feel that we are ready.

    We an start our own version of Brotherhood.

    Maybe it is the costume of humility they wear which irritates us so much. Think if all jews went wearing Hassidic dress, how different it would look here.

    As for the Hare Krishna gang, is it the shaved heads, the ugly girls, or the singing that irritates?
    They say the food is quite good! 🙂

    1. Rafflaw, Look at Jesus. Jesus is diametrically apposed to executions. Jesus followed the spirit of the father in him perfectly. Had he not in body followed the spirit of God perfectly would have ended up in the devils jail when he died not ministering to the souls in the devils jail at all. People thinking God warred are wrong. There is another master you know. That master likes death. God is not self destructive. Had he be Jesus would have been known not as the prince of peace being known as the king of war. Islamic law fellows the king of war who is the fallen angel lucifer who is known as Satan

  11. Aren’t you so glad Egypt is a a free country? Lets send the another billion shall we!?

  12. Those that give death will get eternal soul death. Free them, pardon them. What would we have done had God not pardoned us? God would have destroyed us. Stop killing. Killing is not a foundation for eternity. People need to abandon religions that demand death.Don’t people know that they die being imperfect in the body because they die? Islamic religions people following Islam, save your soul buy not giving death.

  13. Those that give death will get eternal soul death. Free them, pardon them. What would we have done had God not pardoned us? God would have distressed us. Stop killing. Killing is not a foundation for eternity. People need to abandon religions that demand death.Don’t people know that they die being imperfect in the body because they die? Islamic religions people following Islam, save your soul buy not giving death.

  14. I have reviewed the current extradition treaty between the US and Egypt; which was interestingly signed in 1875 with the Ottoman Empire HERE

    I would say Mr. Jones would be safe from extradition (as if it would even be considered) from the US to Egypt.

    Under Article III the treaty reads “The provisions of this treaty shall not apply to any crime or offence of a political nature…”

    Furthermore…

    Under Article VII: “Neither of the contracting parties shall be bound to deliver up its own citizens under the stipulations of this treaty.”

  15. “We can speak out here in America,” Jones said. “That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism.”

    Well well well, it seems Pastor Jones supports the separation of church and state. Who wudda thunk it !

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