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Prophet Film Fallout: Egyptian Court Sentences 8 Christians To Death For Hurting Muslim Sensitivities


By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press – “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.

Maximum sentences are common in cases tried in absentia in Egypt. Capital punishment decisions are reviewed by the country’s chief religious authority, who must approve or reject the sentence. A final verdict is scheduled on Jan. 29.

The man behind the film, Mark Basseley Youssef, is among those convicted. He was sentenced in a California court earlier this month to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter. Youssef, 55, admitted that he had used several false names in violation of his probation order and obtained a driver’s license under a false name. He was on probation for a bank fraud case.

Florida-based Terry Jones, another of those sentenced, is the pastor of Dove World Outreach, a church of less than 50 members in Gainesville, Fla., not far from the University of Florida. He has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the film, as well as Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who posted the video clips on his website, were also among those charged.” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt’s Islamist President Warns World: ‘We Will Not Allow Anyone’ To Insult Islam ‘By Word Or Deed’ – “In his speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi condemned ‘insults hurled on the prophet of Islam, Mohammed,’ and said the United Nations must do something about it. ‘We reject this. We cannot accept it,’ he said, speaking of insults to Islam. ‘And we will be the opponents of those who do this. We will not allow anyone to do this by word or deed.’” Read more.

  1. 11/28/2012 at 2:43 PM

    REALLY? Well, I suppose now that Obama is going to be at the helm for another four long years, which will result in a huge influx of muslims wanting to imagrate to America, illlegally, of course. It’s likely that my life span will be greatly shortened, as I try to start every day by blaspheming the unholy koran, Allah, and non prophet, Mohammud. I don’t give a rats tooth about muslim sensitivities, never did.

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  2. 11/30/2012 at 3:03 PM
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