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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                    IslamfOR fOOOLS
                    Jan 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                    You can call yourself muslim, but you canot call yourself a human, islam dehumanises
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                      Haider Misbahi
                      Jan 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                      Rajesh ! Where you received your knowledge of history from? You should seek the authentic sources,not that of the Orientalists. I can only say that can you show me a single person in human history who has been praised more than our beloved prophet may peace be upon him; even one - fourth of his praise didn't come in any human being's share.
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                        Anil
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 6:49 am
                        ^ another typical m*slem . threatening violence because he is unable to discuss or debate.
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                          Anil
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 6:44 am
                          nobody gives a hoot about how much your idol - the medieval ,middle-eastern pr0fet has been praised . Did he invent the microprocessor ? the telephone ? antibiotics ? No , he just weaved together some silly fairy tales and convinced id1ots like you to believe in them. religion is for emotionally weak cowards .
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                            Anil
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 6:47 am
                            only morons will try to debate medieval , middle-eastern FAIRY TALES conjured by an illiterate "PROPHET".
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                              Anil
                              Jan 28, 2016 at 6:45 am
                              your fairy tale @llah , told us . first he was rammed in the rear and then poisoned.
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                                Majin Yojimbo
                                Jan 28, 2016 at 1:03 am
                                And yet Westerners seem to think this won't happen here when enough of them migrate
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                                  Majin Yojimbo
                                  Jan 28, 2016 at 1:07 am
                                  And your 'knowledge of history' only comes from one book written by a guy impersonating God.
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                                    Majin Yojimbo
                                    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                    In other words, they should just become Christians, since that's the 'peaceful' stuff Mohammed ripped off.
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                                      Majin Yojimbo
                                      Jan 28, 2016 at 1:09 am
                                      Zakir's an . LET ME ASK YOU! LET ME ASK YOU! Nobody wants a fatwa and death threats for the rest of their life after schooling zakir. Anyone who debates him will have a plethora of cowards with nothing but free time trying to stalk and kill that person.
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                                        Majin Yojimbo
                                        Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06 am
                                        the only people who praise Mohammed are his slaves.. err.. followers. and the 1/4th praise is Mohammed praising himself under the guise of 'Allah'. If I wrote a book saying God said I was the perfect person and made up line after line of praise by God for myself, I'd also have 100% praise from God. And would you believe it? No. Because you're a slave.
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                                          Moaz Hassan
                                          Jan 28, 2016 at 4:34 am
                                          Give me your address!tere ghar mein ghus ke marenge
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                                            Moaz Hassan
                                            Jan 28, 2016 at 4:36 am
                                            No body can win the debate as no one can defeat truth
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