‘Insulting Quran’ Charges Snare Two Christian Children in Egypt
‘Insulting Quran’ Chargers Snare 2 More Children: Trial set for boys, ages 9 and 10, in same city other kids sentenced for converting to Christianity
ICC Note: Two Christian boys in Egypt will soon be tried for allegedly insulting the Quran. The case follows a lengthy prison sentence given to an Egyptian mother and her seven children for reconverting to Christianity last month. There have been tens of documented blasphemy cases – mainly against Christians – in the past year. Prior to the revolution, blasphemy cases were almost unheard of. Sadly, blasphemy charges, like those filed against the two young boys, are bound to increase and the primary targets will inevitably be the Christian community.
By Michael Carl
2/07/2013 Egypt (WND) – An Egyptian court is forcing two Coptic Christian boys, ages 10 and 9, to stand trial for “insulting the Quran,” observers of the militant Islam atmosphere in the nation have confirmed.
Nabil Naji Rizq and Mina Nadi Faraj were arrested in September after a man reported the boys for playing in a trash pile the man claimed included pages of the Quran.
The two boys will stand trial in Beni Suef, the same town where a woman and her seven children were convicted and sentenced in December to 15 years for converting to Christianity.
Shoebat says the two were released in October pending trial through a provision of Egyptian law.
“Abdul Majeed Mahomud, the attorney general, ordered the release of the two youngsters as was requested by Muhammad Morsi, since in Egypt the law still stands that youngsters cannot be put in prison in accordance to child laws,” Shoebat said.
American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said it’s increasingly dangerous to be a Christian in Egypt.
“There is real concern that Christians in Egypt are facing greater danger each day from a radical Islamic government that is controlled by militants,”” Sekulow said.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is not only a sworn enemy of America and Israel but has actually inspired terrorist attacks across the world. And, the government’s lack of religious freedom and human rights abuses underscores the fact that being a Christian in Egypt is dangerous and often deadly,” Sekulow said.
International Christian Concern Middle East specialist Aidan Clay says Egypt is becoming more hostile to Christianity and the situation is a direct result of actions by the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Egypt’s uprising in early 2011 gave Islamists unprecedented freedoms that were never thought possible under former dictatorships,” Clay said.
“The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood is now in power while Salafis and other extremist groups are able to implement their interpretation of Shariah on Egypt’s streets,” Clay said.
Clay says that Egypt’s move towards greater Christian repression and Shariah law makes Egypt look like a totalitarian Islamic state.
“Similar to Pakistan, a Christian merely needs to be accused of blasphemy by a disgruntled neighbor or local imam to end up behind bars,” Clay said.
Clay adds that legal rights for Christians are fading fast.
“Moreover, Christian legal rights are practically nonexistent in Egypt’s courts and there is little hope of improvement now that Egypt’s new constitution, which was drafted by the Brotherhood, has been approved. For this reason, blasphemy cases against those alleged to have ‘insulted Islam’ have skyrocketed,” Clay said.
“To them (the Brotherhood and Salafis), banning blasphemy means defending the integrity of Islam. There have been tens of documented blasphemy cases – mainly against Christians – in the past year,” Clay said.
“Prior to the revolution, blasphemy cases were almost unheard of. Sadly, blasphemy charges, like those filed against the two young boys, are bound to increase and the primary targets will inevitably be the Christian community,” Clay said.