Court convictions for insulting Islam are becoming common throughout the world. Even in the U.S.A., a person insulting our nation’s Christian heritage seems to receive less backlash than someone who offends the Islam religion. So when the Islamist ruled Egyptian government sentenced Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, known as Abu Islam, to 11 years in prison for burning the Bible, I paused.
Abu Islam, who runs his own religious television channel, led a demonstration in September last year against the now famous anti-Islam video that went viral on the internet. It was this video that the U.S. government (I believe it was former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton) originally blamed for the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four people including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and wounded 10 others. However, a U.S. State Department investigation found that the role of the video was overestimated by Ms. Clinton and it was determined to be a premeditated attack by Islamist militants. Abu Islam’s son was sentenced to eight years in jail for the same offence.
As I came to the end of the article I realized the law is quite different in Egypt than here in the U.S. When a person is convicted of a crime here in America, the term to be served begins. Then the defendant has the opportunity to appeal through the court system. It appears in Egypt, both Abu Islam and his son will remain at liberty pending their appeal which means neither of them are serving time. I guess it’s the thought that counts.