Those moderate Muslim folks sure are nice. They’re not violent or radical at all, like the terrorists we’re fighting! Well, they’re not radical until you do something they don’t like… then they get real radical, real quick.
This is the lesson that the dwindling Christian community in Egypt learned on Thursday when a prison sentence was handed down to 3 Christian teenagers who were seen on video mocking Muslim prayers. The three boys received sentences of 3-5 years in prison and a fourth child will be sent to a juvenile detention facility.
So what did the four teens do that necessitated such a harsh judgment as being imprisoned with rapists, thieves, drug dealers and murderers?
In a 30-second video, one of the boys was kneeling on the floor pretending to pray and reciting verses from the Quran while two other boys stood behind him laughing. One of the boys who was laughing then moved his hand under the other boys neck in a mock beheading gesture. The boys made the film to mock ISIS in Libya who had beheaded 21 Coptic Christians.
The film was taken by a teacher, also a Christian, who was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting Islam during a separate trial.
If you’re counting, that’s 4 people in prison and one in a juvenile detention facility for a 30-second video where they laugh at ISIS.
The boys’ lawyer, Maher Naguib, was stunned by the ruling, saying that the judge should have simply fined the boys and let them go on their way.
Naguib said the video came to light in April 2015, shortly after Islamic State militants in Libya beheaded dozens of Egyptian Christians. The video prompted calls by angry Muslims to evict the students and the teacher from their village. Mobs attacked the students’ houses in the village and security forces arrested the students while the teacher and his family were ordered to leave the village after a meeting of the village elders.
There are those peaceful, moderate, non-radical Muslims again. Attacking kids and threatening their families, all because they were mocking the insane terrorists. The mother of one of the boys may have described the entire disgusting situation best when she said, “My son was sentenced to five years for laughing, is that possible? What kind of justice is this?” That is moderate, non-radical Muslim justice. That’s what it is.
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