Egyptian writer Fatima Naoot jailed for insulting Islam

In October, Naoot described in a post on her Facebook account Eid Al-Adha's tradition of slaughtering sheep as the "greatest massacre committed by human beings".

By: IANS/AKI | Cairo | Published:January 27, 2016 5:55 pm
Naoot admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam. (Photo: Facebook) Naoot admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam. (Photo: Facebook)

An Egyptian court has sentenced secular writer Fatima Naoot to three years in prison and a fine of $2,550 after being found guilty of insulting Islam, daily Al-Ahram reported.

Naoot, a former parliament candidate, is the second public figure to receive a jail term in less than a month for charges related to blasphemy, the paper said.

The jail sentence is effective immediately, although Naoot will be able to lodge an appeal from behind bars.

In October, she described in a post on her Facebook account Eid Al-Adha’s tradition of slaughtering sheep as the “greatest massacre committed by human beings”.

Naoot also wrote in an article in Egyptian daily El-Masry El-Youm criticizing the traditional slaughter of sheep during Eid, the Islamic festival of sacrifice and one of the main Muslim religious holidays worldwide.

During questioning, Naoot admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam, Al-Ahram said.

Naoot argued that humans justified their lust for killing and enjoying the smell of cooking game by attempting to bestow a divine meaning to their actions.

Egyptian authorities put TV host Islam Behery in prison in December after a court reduced to one year an earlier five-year sentence against him for “contempt of religion” over comments he made questioning the credibility of some sayings of the Prophet Mohammed on his now-suspended TV programme.

El-Beheiry is appealing against his prison sentence. His trial sparked public controversy and he got the support of many journalists, writers, scholars and human rights activists.

El-Beheiry and Naoot’s convictions come amid public debate over freedom of speech in Egypt.

The nascent Egyptian Secularist Party launched a campaign in November calling for the repeal of an Egyptian law punishing contempt of religion with up to five years in prison, Daily News Egypt reported.

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    anonymous
    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:14 am
    Find my address too you f*ckng mozlem
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      anonymous
      Jan 28, 2016 at 11:08 am
      ch*tiye tere baap dada hindu the...tu arab se ni aaya hindoostan ki dharti pe...
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        anonymous
        Jan 28, 2016 at 8:19 am
        i want to see you blowing up yourself..like all mozlems do..its their dream to blow themselves up :D..by blowing themselves they get virg*ns in heaven..lol..but these slaughtered d*icks get nothing..
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          Archpagan
          Jan 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm
          I also feel sorry for your poor knowledge of Mohammadism. Visit faithfreedomdotorg to brush up your mind and intellect.
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            Rajesh
            Jan 28, 2016 at 7:15 am
            I feel sorry that you think that "history" comes from the book written by a 7th century Arabian warlord.
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              Rajesh
              Jan 28, 2016 at 7:13 am
              The best way to slaughter animals is to not slaughter them.
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                Rajesh
                Jan 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                The sick cult of the pedophile is at it again. This is exactly why I like insulting Islam. I do it on behalf of the millions of people who live jihadi countries and could face the death penalty if they spoke out. They are forced to curse Islam under their breath and in private. I can ure Fatima that God would not use a slave owner, m murderer and child rapist as his Prophet. The very notion is silly. Almost any human being in the world is a better person than Mohammed.
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                  Rajesh
                  Jan 28, 2016 at 7:16 am
                  lol, even a child can make those Mullahs look like beggars. No point "debating" someone who thinks everything a pedophile said is true.
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