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Jailed Muslim Blogger Defended Christians

ICC NOTE: Egypt should be accountable for their human rights violations, especially considering the United States gives an enormous amount of aid to them every year. The Washington Post mentions this is another recent article: “this government that continues to be one of the largest recipients in the world of U.S. aid, collecting more than $2 billion a year. What do American subsidies support?”

March 1, 2007 CBN News “Muslims revealed their true ugly face and appeared to all the world that they are full of brutality, barbarism and inhumanity.”

Those were the words uttered by Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman on his blog after Muslim rioters attacked a Christian church in Alexandria , Egypt in 2005.

Those same words were used by a judge last week to convict the 22-year-old Egyptian blogger on charges of “insulting Islam.” Soliman will spend the next four years in prison.

Turns out that Mr. Soliman was one bold Muslim.

He often used his blogs to criticize the radical Islamic strains in his country. He once called Al-Azhar, one of Islam’s most prominent centers of learning “the university of terrorism” and further accused it of encouraging extremism. Wow! And that wasn’t all.

According to press reports, Soliman also called Muhammad and his 7th century followers, the Sahaba, “spillers of blood” for their teachings on warfare. A former student at Al-Azhar himself, Soliman is described by fellow writers as a “vocal secularist.”

There are growing calls for the Egyptian government to drop the charges against Soliman.

The Washington Post had a cogent editorial the other day accusing Egypt ‘s president of once again showing complete disregard for freedom of expression and dissent.