Student Arrested for Forming Atheist Group on Facebook


[Al Arabiya] A misdemeanor court in Ismailia has ordered the arrest of a Suez Canal University student for 15 days, pending investigations on the accusation that he insulted religion, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said.

Article 98 of Egypt's penal code states a person convicted of offending religion in any form can be sentenced to prison for up to six years. (File photo: Reuters)

Article 98 of Egypt’s penal code states a person convicted of offending religion in any form can be sentenced to prison for up to six years. (File photo: Reuters)

Gaber’s arrest was ordered after his university’s administration filed a report against him on Sunday claiming he had formed a Facebook group for atheists, reported Ahram online.

The student’s detention quickly caused an uproar on social media with activists creating a “Freedom for Sherif Garber” and a similar hash-tag on Twitter.

Charges of insulting religion were used under both former Egyptian presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohammad Mursi.

Mubarak employed the charge to target political activists. Under Mursi, an Egyptian court sentenced activist Alber Saber to three years in jail for posting the highly controversial anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims” on his Facebook page. He was later released after making bail.

Article 98 of Egypt’s penal code states a person convicted of offending religion in any form can be sentenced to prison for up to six years.

5 thoughts on “Student Arrested for Forming Atheist Group on Facebook

  1. Raj, these Laws which curb communal violence exist in every country in the world such as :

    “Article 98 of Egypt’s penal code states a person convicted of offending religion in any form can be sentenced to prison for up to six years”.

    Then, why spread hate speech against a particular religion?

    • Dear RajbinRSpencer, let us prove that we have NOT evolved from monkeys and that Charles Darwin dude was another BIG ball!

      ALL Human beings HAVE fingerprints but NONE of the Monkey species has it!
      Repeat : Monkeys do NOT have fingerprints!

      Fingerprint : an impression or mark made on a surface by a person’s fingertip, esp. as used for identifying individuals from the unique pattern of whorls and lines.

      Where did this unique pattern of “whorls and lines” on our fingers come from?…..Koala bears?…the only other animals with such prints. Should we say that we have evolved from the Koala family then?

      Or …how are we connected to …..our one time brothers… the Kangaroos who cannot walk backwards as humans do, though both walk on two legs?

      Evolution huh…coming out of water like an Octopus which has THREE hearts…what happened to the two extra hearts in humans?….and Darwin’s one time brother was a cockerel? How come other species like our sisters the mosquitos stopped evolving? …..And these millions of our uncles the rats on the streets of India…what did they evolve from?????

      How did a microscopic bacteria become a bird with wings?….The giraffe evolved from a goat or the goat from giraffe and an Elephant from the whale?.. which species of whale…the humpback? What about the rest of the whales and sharks did they evolve to Lions and Cheetahs???…….bbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

      And people on this Earth wasted their precious time writing balls…more balls…and more and more balls about the the biggest bull of all …the Natural Selection!

      They forgot that monkeys CANNOT be related to human species because the Monkeys do NOT have FingerPrints!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Surj, you can’t let the truth be revealed unto you as long as you keep believing in lies spread against Islam by devils like Ali Sina.

  3. Please do try to understand that muslims will NEVER reform as long as they follow the cult of islam. The likes of ‘ plum ‘ is a prime example. Period

    • surj, Muslims should Re-form to what?

      Re-form to Yoni worship?.. Caste Grading?.. Sati practice of barbecuing daughters, mothers, sisters and wives??? Temple prostitution of Devdasi?… Exposure of their Gods and women through scanty clothings? …Worship of handmade Objects in homes and at temples and pretending those Idols to be having hearts and ears??? ….Bowing to Cows and Apes?..Falling into the hands of Mysterious and fake Babas?…Believing in Mytho gods and fake barbaric superstitions? ….Re-forming to those beliefs?

      Re-form to a belief in Paul’s personal letters as the Word of God???… and his books written by his friends such as unknown Luke? …believing in a god who DIED?… then became alive having left his clothes behind and went flying around nude without wings? . Belief in an angry…harsh.. jealous God who came to do wrestling and lots of porn as in Ezekiel? …..Re-form to such beliefs?

      Re-form to believing in an Ascetic who made himself a pauper?…believe in this pauper and his words become a cult for the Eastern Nations…. which is certainly NOT the word of god! Or Gurus becoming equal to God… why don’t the Hindus convert to Sikhism? …Re-form to what?

      surj,…Islam IS a Re-formed Religion and is NOT a cult.

      Should the muslims stop the Dress Code of women? Should they start drinking, gambling, taking interest on loans given, stop praying to ONE true God?.., do …raping…adultery…as is done by the dudes on the streets in India?

      Muslims should Re-form to what? There is nothing better than Islam as a religion!!

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