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Egypt to put critic of Muslim ritual of slaughtering sheep on trial

Fatima Naoot described the Eid Al-Adha tradition of slaughtering sheep as the 'greatest massacre committed by human beings,' saying humans use religion to justify their lust for killing

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Dec 2014
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Fatima Naoot (Photo: Courtesy of Fatima Naoot official Facebook page)
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Egyptian prosecutors referred Friday journalist and writer Fatima Naoot to a misdemeanors court on charges of disdaining religion, after she was critical of the Muslim Eid Al-Adha tradition of slaughtering sheep.

The trial will start 28 January. 

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."

"[It's] a yearly massacre because a good man once had a nightmare about his good son, and although the nightmare has passed for the good man and his son, the [sheep] pay their lives as a price for that holy nightmare," Naoot's also wrote in an article in the daily El-Masry El-Youm.

During questioning, Naoot, an outspoken secular figure, admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam. Naoot argued that humans justified their lust for culling and enjoying the smell of cooking game by attempting to bestow a divine meaning to their actions.

Eid Al-Adha is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year.

It honours the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail as an act of submission to God’s command, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.

Legislation which criminalise disdaining religion dates back to the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The law was added in 1982 to the penal code stipulates prison sentences of 6 months to five years and fines of LE500 to LE1000 to anyone who uses religion to promote, through speech, writing or any other medium, extremist ideas with the aim of spreading discord or to belittle or disdain one of the monotheistic religions or their different sects, or to harm national unity.   

Application of the law significantly rose under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) 2011 - 2012 and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi 2012 - 2013.

A report issued by the Egyptian Initiative on Personal Rights (EIPR) in September 2013 revealed that since the 25 January 2011 revolution until the end of 2012, a total of 63 citizens, both Muslims and Christians, were charged with disdaining religion.

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Farhan
01-02-2015 12:00pm
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This is life cycle and we didn't make it
Why don't she complains about 50 million Turkeys killed every year on Thanks giving day ? 50 billion chickens are slaughtered around world in entire year, In comparison to that Thanksgiving and Muslim's religious slaughter is very tiny fraction. In comparison to way the chickens are treated in their cages these Muslim ritual slaughter animals actually get much better life.
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Alfredo Kuba
02-01-2015 12:42am
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Religions are irrational and contrary to common sense.
Humans use religion, as a pretext to commit atrocities towards non humans. Mass murder of billions of innocent living beings annually to celebrate "peace on Earth" constitutes a ritualistic, cold blooded cult. Men will look in the future at these barbarisms and condemn them all as part of a savage and immoral race who oppressed, exploited and mass murdered sentient life for the sake of gluttony, greed and that madness called religion. All religions are irrational and contrary to common sense and will reconcile people to any atrocity. "When you believe absurdities, you commit atrocities." Francois Voltaire
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sandy
29-12-2014 08:36pm
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Her heart is at right place but not argument
I appreciate her concern over mindless animal slaughter. But I dont think its to satisfy lust for killing. Any thing related to religion goes unquestioned and sometimes in downward spiral getting worse. Its the same case. Its meant to be a sacrifice. But doesn't a sacrifice means u giveup something you own or love. Not buy a sheep n slit its throat.
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Elhamy Attia
28-12-2014 11:40pm
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Fatima Naoot
As an Egyptian Living in Canada, I was appalled to hear of the pending trial of Fatima Naoot. The reputation of the nation, as it claims to restore a democracy shattered by repressive regimes of past, is being put to question by the demonstration of silencing free speech. Fatima Naoot has been a guiding light through Egypt's darkest times. She has advocated tolerance when there was none. Advocateted respect for all religions when there was persecution of minorities. advocated love instead of hate. If this is the fate of an outstanding loyal and extremely patriotic citizen Then I cry for you, Egypt
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Anony
28-12-2014 12:58pm
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She is right!
Not only that I fully agree with her opinion and she also has every right to say her opinion...nobody should be silenced for what they are thinking! Different opinions are no harm to the society, because everybody can still decide what they like to think or believe! So why the fear of different and diverse ideas in Egypt? But moreover - and this is what I absolutely cannot understand - in Islam it is FORBIDDEN to slaughter animals in public or streets (due to hygiene and dignity of the animal) and especially slaughtering the animals in front of each other! So like this everybody is disobeying their rules of religion...not the first and not the only topic where the religious rules are being trampled all over :(
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Iman
28-12-2014 06:49am
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Stand up for Islam!
Thank you, Egypt for defending Islam, and all al-kitabi from the attacks and evil insults of the kafirs! To all who are critizing Egypt for "attacking free speech", I have two questions for you: what do you fear more - the supposed "loss of free speech/freedom", or Allah's wrath? What do you live for - pleasure in this world, or Paradise in the Hereafter? Please consider the eternal, grave consequences of your choices/actions!
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sandy
29-12-2014 08:40pm
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GetReal
God gave us all brain and power to reason. If we were supposed to just follow some instructions
Anony
29-12-2014 11:38am
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So YOU are the judge?
Sorry, but you are believing in God and at the same time YOU are the one that is judging the people?! Don't you believe that God is judging what and who is good and bad? Maybe you should look to be good by yourself before you judge others for what they are doing...It will make the world a better place, when everybody is trying to be good for their own life and not trying to make others do what they cannot fulfill!
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expat
28-12-2014 03:41am
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easily as a human you could get beyond her context and still be right
there is not only a codex to humans,any breathing person knows by heart, that there are others,as well taught and followed you dont hurt any being out of your own thniking,as it can get back to you you dont think,you are superiour to others,as this is the first step to endulge the full impact of torture you dont do anything you dont want to be coming back to yourself,to another being but with the guy with the sword and book,it seems to be all different,has there been anything,he invented new on the earth?
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expat
27-12-2014 09:54pm
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easily as a human you could get beyond her context and still be right
there is not only a codex to humans,any breathing person knows by heart, that there are others,as well taught and followed you dont hurt any being out of your own thniking,as it can get back to you you dont think,you are superiour to others,as this is the first step to endulge the full impact of torture you dont do anything you dont want to be coming back to yourself,to another being but with the guy with the sword and book,it seems to be all different,has there been anything,he invented new on the earth?
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democracia
27-12-2014 09:40pm
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what kind....
What kind of a god you are praying to? Do you really think he/she needs dead animals as a proof of your faith? Which god is that cruel to ask you to kill millions of creatures he created....
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expat
27-12-2014 09:36pm
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aint it funny..
here in egypt this honourable lady gets charged with the court in europe,this animal slaughterers are trying to convince the locals,that their barbaric rites should be respected,even given the fact,that since the 80th every damage to any animal is a crime with charge...but only the hardcores of your tribe/sorry religion want to go to court you want to know,why we are heartedly sick of your folks in headscarfes etc in our countries? because your kind think,they can force us to be accepting your middleage rules NEVER,NEVER,NEVER and for that said,better get on the boat,before the folks get hot on you for real
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Farhan
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You sir are a racists, This world is not for you.
Go back to the gutter you came from.
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