Mahmoud Salem
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To world criticism of Andel Karim, in this Op-Ed piece. It's quite amusing, because they completely ignore the "Insulting the President charge". Or maybe that's part of the sanctity of religion that we put first before free speech.

Hmm… 

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12 thoughts on “The Egyptian embassy responds

  1. Internet censorship will get worse here. Already there are websites (I think 3-4 sites) that Egyptians can’t have access to and I am sure that Big Brother is waiting for an opportunity to legislate a way to block free information from the internet. The free online circulation of police torture videos and blogs are too much of a threat for them to ignore it.

    Worth a read these days:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_privacy

  2. A legal prohibition against defamation of religion is designed to prevent the bigotry and intolerance that Egyptian society does not accept.

    Without the experience of blasphemy, how can anybody recognize holiness? Does the ambassador believe Egyptians are an unholy people?

    Assertions that the government monopolizes the media cannot stand –

    “There is no government press monopoly. That is an order everyone must obey!”

  3. A legal prohibition against defamation of religion is designed to prevent the bigotry and intolerance that Egyptian society does not accept.

    Let’s say I’d like to insult Jews. Is that still legal in Egypt?

  4. You’re right, mr. monkey.

    To assert that “(the) suggestion that Mr. Soliman’s case was politically motivated could not be further from the truth” when one of the charges was insulting the president is, indeed, amusing.

    Perhaps, he’s implying that the president sits beyond the reach of mere politics – which is the domain just of functionaries.

  5. Seraph, since that is bigotry and intolerance that Egyptian society does not accept, of course no Egyptian would ever think to do such a thing because they respect the sanctity or religion so much & they do not accept bigotry & intolerance. It’s all right there in the op-ed from an Egyptian Embassy employee, so it must be true!

    Hey SM, saw you on CNN for like 8 seconds, it was the best.

  6. Is this response a joke??!

    “However, it is not an absolute right. It is superseded by values that Egyptian society holds sacred, including the sanctity of religion — not just Islam but all religions. A legal prohibition against defamation of religion is designed to prevent the bigotry and intolerance that Egyptian society does not accept.”

    There is NO “sanctity of religion” in Egypt! There is only “sanctity of Islam.”

    Let me repeat that, there is only sanctity of ISLAM in Egypt! I would be more than happy to illustrate the lack of sactity for Christianity, Judaism and Bahai’i if Mr. Haggag would like…the examples are endless.

    Mr. Haggag is a LIAR!

  7. Egypeter your reply was excellent. Couldn’t agree more. You can say pretty much anything you want about religions in Egypt, including broadcasting it over loudspeakers during the azan or saying it on government television as long as it in’t against Islam.

  8. I was reading on another Blog “”Iraq the Model” that the president of Egypt has been petitioned by a number of people to remove Sharia Law as the primary law in Egypt and use something else, or something to that effect. Has anyone heard anything about such a petition?…

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