Monday, October 1, 2012

The day after Blasphemy Day

Much of the current blasphemy law controversy centers around blasphemy against Islam, such as depicting Muhammad or burning a Koran.  So when I came across this story about a Muslim Preacher charged with blasphemy in Egypt against Christianity I was intrigued.

Ahmed Abdallah, the accused, hits the nail on the head:
"That man who burned the Holy Koran, Terry Jones, is protected in the United States, yet I, an icon of this nation am accused of blasphemy against religion."
Yes, exactly.  Terry Jones should be protected, and Ahmed Abdallah should be as well.  It's not clear to me though whether that is what Abdallah meant.  His tone seems to suggest that Terry Jones should be the one charged with blasphemy, not him.  I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt here, but the tone is unsettling.

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