Egyptian Court Sentences Eight To Death Over “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube Video

Freedom in Egypt, whatever it may eventually look like, isn’t going to include the ability to speak negatively about Islam…

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are all outside Egypt and are thus unlikely to ever face the verdict. The charges were issued in September amid a wave of public outrage in Egypt over the amateur film, which was produced by an Egyptian-American Copt.

The low-budget “Innocence of Muslims,” parts of which were made available online, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon.

Egypt’s official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam, and spreading false information — charges that carry the death sentence.

There’s nothing symbolic about the verdict, it is representative of what is to come. Egypt embraces Sharia law in its current constitution, and plans to continue to do so in its new constitution.

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  • jim_m

    The only question is how long before obama deports these people to Egypt in the name of appeasement.

  • Vagabond661

    Elian Gonzalez says, “Run and hide!”

  • Commander_Chico

    There’s nothing symbolic about the verdict,

    Au contraire.

    • jim_m

      So your claim is that if these people were to enter Egypt that they would not be executed?

      • Commander_Chico

        Yeah, you’re right. I guess Egypt might take over the USA, too, and execute them.

  • 914

    Boy this Arab spring is refreshing and new..

  • warnertoddhuston

    Islam is a disease.

    • jim_m

      No. Islam is a religion. Islamists are the disease. In this case the parasite is killing the host.

      • herddog505

        Agreed. This “Islam is a disease” bit is disgraceful.

      • Carl

        Islamist extremists are the disease – as are any religious extremists.

  • 914

    They are far from Egypt but never far from 1:30 am visits from the S.S.

  • herddog505

    What? They also didn’t sentence them to death for being Joooooooo agents?