Egypt Sentences 8 To Death Over Anti-Muhammad Video

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Looks like a certain hack Youtube user won't be planning any vacations to visit the Pyramids in Egypt any time soon...

Egypt Court Sentences 8 To Death Over Prophet Film

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 sentence. The charges were brought in September during 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, was among those convicted. He was sentenced in a California court earlier this month to one 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.
Multiple calls to Youssef's attorney in Southern California, Steve Seiden, were not returned Wednesday.
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.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Jones said the ruling "shows the true face of Islam" - one that he views as intolerant of dissent and opposed to basic freedoms of speech and religion.
"We can speak out here in America," Jones said. "That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism."
An Associated Press reporter knocked on the door of Sadek's home in Chantilly, Virginia. No one answered.
The connection to the film of the other five sentenced by the court was not immediately clear. They include two who work with Sadek at a radical Coptic group in the U.S. that has called for an independent Coptic state, a priest who hosts TV programs from the U.S. and a lawyer living in Canada who has previously sued the Egyptian state over riots in 2000 that left 21 Christians dead.
The other person is a woman who converted to Christianity and is a staunch critic of Islam.
The official news agency report said that during the trial, the court reviewed a video of some defendants calling for an independent Coptic state in Egypt, and another of Jones burning the Quran, Islam's holy book. The prosecutor asked for the maximum sentence, accusing those charged of seeking to divide Egypt and incite sedition. All the defendants, except Jones, hold Egyptian nationality, the agency added.
Some Christians and human rights groups worry that prosecutions for insulting religion, which existed to a degree under the secular-leaning regime of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, will increase with the ascent of Islamists to power in Egypt.
Not sure what the others have to do with the Youtube video. Did the pastor even promote the video? It looks like he was just contacted to promote the video and got lumped into mess. The other guy just put the trailer on his website...so is Google/Youtube execs getting death sentences also?

Religion of tolerance and peace, I guess.
 

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Extremists. He only got one year in jail for doing that in the U.S. :cool:
 

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No mention of the word fatwa anywhere, even though they sound a lot alike. I wonder how they're different. How the fuck does a court sentence someone who's not even in the hemisphere? I get that it's symbolism but the guise of using your own court system is embarrassingly ridiculous.
 

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And here on Earth 2, a display of a crucifix in a jar of urine was applauded as art and nobody got hurt.

We will never, ever, never, ever make peace with savages who think like these Sharia baboons.
 

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Yeah, but apparently you can't do that with an Obama doll or people will get mad. (Google it).
Oh, that crazy Glenn Beck! I loved Michael Moore's predictable response to that. Not surprised that eBay pulled it though, since there is a strict policy on auctioning "human waste"...even if it wasn't actually Glenn Beck's piss..
 

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Oh, that crazy Glenn Beck! I loved Michael Moore's predictable response to that. Not surprised that eBay pulled it though, since there is a strict policy on auctioning "human waste"...even if it wasn't actually Glenn Beck's piss..
I wonder what Michael Moore thought of Piss Christ. Or is it only not OK when it is your personal Messiah who is being dipped in urine? :cool:
 

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No mention of the word fatwa anywhere, even though they sound a lot alike. I wonder how they're different. How the fuck does a court sentence someone who's not even in the hemisphere? I get that it's symbolism but the guise of using your own court system is embarrassingly ridiculous.
Fatwa is is what MagicBob drinks when he's thirsty.
 

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The Egyptians issuing absentia death sentences is like the Mormons baptizing dead people... laughably pointless.
 

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Impossible! FOX News told me there were no protests in the Middle East and it was all a scheme to have Obama send the CIA to the consulate to kill the Ambassador so he could blame Mitt Romney for not criticizing the attacks fast enough!
 

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but wasn't that dumb video actually not the cause of all that horse play over there?

We're told that there were massive demonstrations in other countries and they were all due to this stupid 2-month old youtube trailer. I would certainly hope that was the real reason...given that these massive demonstrations of burning the US flag and chanting "Death to America!" happened on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. If not, then well, it would kind of appear that these savages had merely gathered to "celebrate" the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

What we do know for certain is that there was no demonstration over the video that merely got "out of hand" in Benghazi...nor was it spontaneous, as was suggested by some in our guvmint for the two weeks after.
 

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We're told that there were massive demonstrations in other countries and they were all due to this stupid 2-month old youtube trailer. I would certainly hope that was the real reason...given that these massive demonstrations of burning the US flag and chanting "Death to America!" happened on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. If not, then well, it would kind of appear that these savages had merely gathered to "celebrate" the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

What we do know for certain is that there was no demonstration over the video that merely got "out of hand" in Benghazi...nor was it spontaneous, as was suggested by some in our guvmint for the two weeks after.
The protests in cairo were planned weeks ahead, were about freeing the blind sheikh, and only at the last minute was the video used to rile up the savages. Susan Rice told McCain that there were no protests in Benghazi after all. They knew it the whole time.
 

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The protests in cairo were planned weeks ahead, were about freeing the blind sheikh, and only at the last minute was the video used to rile up the savages.
And that bothers me. If all of the demonstrations were pre-planned in advance...they obviously would have picked 9/11/12 for a reason. Just like the "celebrating" that went on in countries like Pakistan on 9/11/2001. And yet our fuckin POTUS and Secretary of State have to go groveling to them about how shameful we were for offending them and how we won't stand for intolerance, nor the violence? Fuck that.
 

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And that bothers me. If all of the demonstrations were pre-planned in advance...they obviously would have picked 9/11/12 for a reason. Just like the "celebrating" that went on in countries like Pakistan on 9/11/2001. And yet our fuckin POTUS and Secretary of State have to go groveling to them about how shameful we were for offending them and how we won't stand for intolerance, nor the violence? Fuck that.
Four. More. Years.

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