Egyptian poet goes on trial accused of contempt of Islam
Posted by doctore0 on January 29, 2015
That is the thing, religion can not survive freedom of speech…
(Reuters) – A prominent Egyptian poet could face up to three years in jail over a Facebook post in which she criticised the slaughter of animals at a Muslim festival, a case which rights activists say shows how the government is muzzling free speech.
Fatima Naoot described the Prophet Abraham’s dream – in which, according to Islamic belief, God tells him to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith – as a “nightmare”. Before Abraham can carry out the deed, God provided a sheep instead as a sacrifice.
In her post, the poet criticised the sacrifice of animals at Eid al-Adha, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, a festival that honours Abraham’s willingness to obey God.
“Millions of innocent creatures will be driven to the most horrible massacre committed by humans for ten-and-a-half centuries,” she said. “A massacre which is repeated every year because of the nightmare of a righteous man about his good son.”
The poet – whose trial began on Wednesday – has been charged with contempt of Islam, spreading sectarian strife and disturbing public peace, judicial sources and Naoot said.