Egypt: Atheist blogger arrested for criticizing Islam

In the West, we don’t arrest people for criticizing Islam. We just excoriate them as “far-right,” “bigoted” “Islamophobes,” and blacken their names to the extent that all decent people shun them. We are much more enlightened in the U.S. than they are in Egypt.

“Atheist blogger arrested in Egypt for anti-Islam criticism,” The New Arab, May 5, 2018:

An atheist blogger who was previously detained for promoting his anti-religion views, was arrested by Egyptian police, a rights lawyer said on Saturday.

Sherif Gaber was in police custody on Saturday and set to be questioned by the prosecution on Sunday, Gamal Eid, head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, told AFP.

“He has been arrested and should be questioned tomorrow,” Eid said.

It was not immediately clear when Gaber was arrested.

In late March, Gaber tweeted that “some Muslim lawyers” filed a complaint against him with the attorney general for his critical views on Islam.

“I’ll probably get arrested in the next few days, but I don’t want you to get mad,” he wrote.

In 2013, Gaber was detained for allegedly promoting atheism – a punishable act in Egypt under a law that bans “insults to religions”.

The young Egyptian regularly uploads videos on his YouTube channel, where he criticises religion, most notable Islam, to some 150,000 subscribers….

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