Tagged with Blasphemy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Azhar Blasphemy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Azhar Blasphemy

God, The Azhar defends Islam. The state defends the law. You defend your name. Together, may Egypt find its way. The grand imam fired the Azhar University president for calling a prominent critic an infidel. The minister of endowments censured a preacher for calling Christians unbelievers. The critic had been convicted of blasphemy, later pardoned. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Atheism and Insult

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Atheism and Insult

God, Words injure. Ideas have consequences. Give Egypt wisdom and strength of character to tread righteously in irreligious waters. For Charlie Hebdo insists on staying in the headlines. The head of the Azhar called for Muhammad cartoons to be ignored, while a pro-Brotherhood scholar called for demonstrations and international blasphemy laws. Many expressed anger and … Continue reading

Voices against Charlie

Voices against Charlie

Muslims and Muslim majority nations, including Egypt, have roundly condemned the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. But the ideology that informs such an attack is present not just among those with access to weapons. This Mada Masr article contains a full survey of Egyptian reactions, most of which stand against the murders. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blasphemy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blasphemy

God, Egypt’s legal and judicial history is historic and impressive. Yet like other societies with a strong legal tradition, litigation is common. One result is often the slow pace of justice as cases can be tied up in court for years. Yet this fact betrays the speed in which blasphemy cases have been processed recently. … Continue reading