Christian teacher to be tried in Egypt for insulting Islam

CAIRO Tue May 14, 2013 5:04pm EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's prosecutors on Tuesday referred a Christian schoolteacher to trial on charges of insulting Islam, judicial sources said.

Dimiana Abdel-Nour, who was arrested on Wednesday, was accused by her Muslim students' parents of insulting Islam and comparing it to Christianity by saying that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda was better than the Prophet Mohammad.

Alongside the political and economic turmoil Egypt has endured since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011, tensions have risen between Muslims and Christians, especially since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in June.

Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 84 million people and have complained that the authorities have failed to protect them since Mubarak was ousted, giving radical Islamists a free hand.

Last year, an Egyptian court sentenced a 17-year-old Christian to three years in jail for publishing cartoons on his Facebook page that mocked Islam and the Prophet, triggering sectarian violence.

At least three people were killed and more than 80 injured in clashes last month between Christians and Muslims at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo after a funeral service for four Christians killed in sectarian violence with Muslims.

Abdel-Nour will appear in a court in Luxor next Tuesday, a judicial source said. She was free on bail of 20 thousand Egyptian pounds ($2,900) pending her trial.

($1 = 6.9645 Egyptian pounds)

(Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (8)
I think Egyptians should behead her to clearly demonstrate that the Islamic Egypt isn’t less civilized than the rest of the world.

May 14, 2013 5:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IslamBlows wrote:
Why don’t muslims in the US “behead” those who insult islam?

Could it be that, despite having Allah behind them, that they’re afraid?

I think it’s time for muslim dirtbags in the US to open-up and start threatening American citizens for insulting the pig religion and its’ pig “prophet”.

Remember those Japanese “concentration camps” during WW2?

May 14, 2013 5:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
totherepublic wrote:
This is the better question. So America are you really sure you want to go down this road? We sure are supporting it in Egypt and elsewhere. BTW the MOST persecuted religion in the US, where the Constitution insures there will be NONE? You got it, Christianity. WAKE UP!

May 14, 2013 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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