Saturday, March 10, 2007

Egyptian Blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman Did Not Blow Himself Up in a Train Station

As an Egyptian fellow blogger I stand with Karim, because I will never side with processes meant to terrorize innocent citizens who are exercising their innate right to freedom of expression and because I will never be part of a tribunal of inquisition in the 21st century. Those tribunals judged arbitrarily and without appeal like the current Emergency Laws and military courts applied in Egypt.

During the Middle Ages between the 5th and the 15th centuries, the Catholic Church was not only a religious institution, but also an immensely rich financial establishment that interferes and influences politics in the West. The largest Sunni religious institution in Egypt and the Middle East, Al-Azahr, has the right to give its say in politics and referring people accused of heresy to courts and prisons. If the measure cannot be damaging enough to send people to prisons like Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim, an irreversible Fatwa (religious opinion) can lead an Islamic fanatic or extremist to put an end to a person exercising his freedom of expression by spilling his blood. The Cairo-based religious institution is financed by the government and their employees are civil servants.

It is worth mentioning that during the Middle Ages that the more economic and political power and influence of the Church have increased, the more its genuine religious and spiritual strength has weakened. It is clear that Egypt is showing less tolerance and spirituality over the dominance of more support to terrorist ideology that does not believe in supporting basic human rights like freedom of expression. Back in the eleventh century, the Catholic Church made the gradual change from the spiritual to worldly matters with institution of tribunal of Inquisition. Religion had to be imposed and enforced with the appointment of unqualified and misappropriate men of the holy orders which became a matter of inheritance that led to the degeneration of the spiritual life. Many of them did not know how to read and had forgotten how to say a mass. In Egypt today, informal mosques became a job for the unempolyed uneducated people to release fatwas and earn a living through people’s “Zakat” and donations. These tax-free informal mosques attract unemployed Egyptians and non-Egyptians. Any male, who volunteer to stay from dawn to sun set and call for prayers, is qualified to release fatwas and be a politician, if needed, to decide on terrorizing Egyptians before non-Egyptians and judging the level of their faith and spirituality.

Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim did not wear a suicidal belt around his waist or threaten to blow up himself in malls or metro stations. Abdel Karim was like any normal person in any free country, he worked out his mind to think about issues in life as any young budding youth. He put his ideas on his blog. In the civilized world, ideas can be always argued or refuted but never killed. Needless to say that human are in continuous process of evolution at the intellectual, emotional and psychological levels and that interrupting these processes is totally against the laws of nature. Abdel Karim was made a criminal and terrorist by his Al-Azhar University in collaboration with the government and state security agencies. He was made a terrorist in the eyes of the society by Al-Azahr Institution. By sentencing Abdel Karim to 4 years, he is denied the right to grow and develop. It is worth mentioning here that Al-Azhar fails to make straight forward condemnation for the real terrorists who blow up themselves, killing innocent people but it succeeds to bring a four year sentence to a 22-year old innocent student to trial.

This Monday, on March 12 in Alexandria, Egypt, will be the first session of appeal for Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim. The world is watching one of the tribunals of Inquisition happening in Egypt in the 21st century. Karim was sentenced to four years in prison for insulting the religion and the President of Egypt.

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At 12:38 PM, Blogger estalytic said...

I can't understand what kind of freedom that you are talking about?!! with everybody in Egypt blindly criticising the government without any logic or rationale behind their criticism, despite that majority of people understand freedom in a wrong way.

Freedom has never meant to be to offend any other person, entity, country, or religion!! and for the people who are western wanna-be's or in other words west-ass-lickers, if the same incident would happen in the "west", more than such reaction would have taken place, despite that insulting, the king, president, queen, or whoever the head of the government is an insult for the country and leads to imprisonment in all of the "developed" countries.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Gateway Pundit said...

Aly- If that were true half of the US would be jailed. Don't be fooled by the Dixie Chicks.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Solomon2 said...

...during the Middle Ages [] the more [the] economic and political power and influence of the Church [] increased, the more its genuine religious and spiritual strength [] weakened.

Not quite. The Church reached maximum political power during the Crusades. What happened is that the more the Church gathered economic power (through taxes in Germany and land ownership in France), the more it became a supporter of an oppressive and stifling status quo, bending religion to its own selfish will, and thus the more it became an object of resentment throughout Europe, its spirit obviously too self-centered to serve the population it claimed to save.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aly, you got it wrong. Here in Japan, we stopped going to jail for insulting the Emperor after 1945. Thanks to the US, we got freedom and democracy!You are connected to the world by the internet. Learn about the world!

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Freedom For Egyptians said...

I think Aly needs to read a bit about the political situation in Egypt.

And, he has to try to live under emergency laws for over 25 years to know how fear and oppression taste like!

At 2:29 AM, Blogger Egyptian Kangaroo said...

The Palestinians have done it again. This time they have kidnapped a BBC journalist. Now how does that help their case , I don't know , what do they gain by doing this , again I don't know. What I do know is that they (the Palestinians will never miss a chance to screw themselves.
We have seen them over the years send suicide bombers onto buses while their elected leader (Arafat) was sitting negotiating. Kidnapping aid workers, journalists, setting fire to the British council office and planting a bomb in the Al arabiya office. Now they keep on saying they want the west to help them with their cause !!!! Why would anyone want to help them when they do stupid things like these . The government needs to get a grip on what is happening and the people have to wake up and smell the coffee.
let me know what you think @

At 8:44 AM, Blogger MechanicalCrowds said...

FFE, do you think there is anything else we can do about this case?


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