What is it about Islam that can’t stand criticism or disagreement? Abdul Karim Nabil Amer, also known as Kareem Amer, found out just how fragile Islam is when his four-year prison sentence was upheld by the Egyptian appeals court this week. What was he sentenced for? Was it murder? Rape? Kicking cats? Nothing that inconsequential. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment for insulting Islam, and an additional year for insulting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
In case you were wondering, there is no such thing as freedom of speech in Egypt.
To prove the point about the brittleness of the Ummah, Iran is likewise pissed about the new movie 300 because it insults the Persian civilization. But as the report says, it’s much more than just an insult:
Javad Shamqadri, an art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused the new movie of being “part of a comprehensive U.S. psychological war aimed at Iranian culture”, said the report.
Time to learn a new nursery rhyme:
Sticks and stones will break your bones,
But Islam will behead you.
Childish, yes. Insulting, yes. Truthful, yes. And it’s also something I can do without being hauled off to court, because here in the U.S. we still have freedom of speech.
Sadly, it’s possible to watch that freedom evaporate wherever Shari’a law becomes national law.