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Egypt demands US take action against anti-Islam film

The Egyptian government demands that the US administration take action against the makers of a film that attacks Islam and the Prophet Mohamed

Ahram Online and MENA, Wednesday 12 Sep 2012
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Egypt's Hesham Kandil government has asked the US administration in a meeting Wednesday to take tough measures against the makers of a film that attacks Islam and the Prophet Mohamed.

The film, which has caused outrage in Egypt and Libya, leading to an attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was produced by Israeli-American writer and director Sam Bacile.

The Egyptian government is requesting prosecution under international conventions that criminalise actions that could cause sectarian strife, whether on ethnic, racial or religious grounds. It described the film in a statement as being morally "base" and deviating from values and humane traditions that stipulate respect for the religions and beliefs of others.

In Egypt, the film was originally thought to have been produced by Diaspora Copts living in the United States. Protesters tore down and burnt the US flag at the Cairo US Embassy premises Tuesday, demanding punishment of the film makers and a public apology.

Earlier Wednesday, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, hailing from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, instructed the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the film and its makers.

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Dan
13-09-2012 11:42pm
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Preach Not
How can you ask the people of the world to respect Islam when Islamacists don't respect any other religion? Look at what is happening to the Copts! A Coptic dry cleaner accidentally burns a Moslem's shirt. The Moslems then burned down the neighborhood and in a 'compromise,' they allowed a few Copts to rebuild there while others had to become refugees.
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Lola
13-09-2012 01:39pm
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Worry about your own backyard
Who is egypt to demand anything ??? First you clean your media and press of all the anti-christian, anti jew hatred and poison before you demand anything.
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Maude
13-09-2012 03:51pm
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Worry about your own backyard
Who are you to demand anything ??? First you clean your media and press, of all the anti-Moslem and Arab-Chistians hatred and poison by "American Jews" before you demand anything! Lola
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M V L
13-09-2012 09:38am
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Rights and Obligations
The concept of democracy and freedom of expression is largely unknown in countries where religious doctrine or other dictatorship environments set the rule of law. It was like that in Europe in the Middle Ages and it is pretty much still like this in many countries in other parts of the world. In a democracy people have a right to express themselves even if the results of that right offends other people. In certain circumstances and countries freedom of expression is restricted or not allowed when it promulgates violence, racism etc. Depicting a religious figure in a negative daylight - of however poor taste that may be - is not really a call of violence against the religion of the person depicted. In fact it has the opposite reaction - rather than people attacking the religion, some believers once again react violently and discredit the true foundation of the religion and global image with their irrational, emotional and primitive behavior. The United States is a country where
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Mona
14-09-2012 07:35pm
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Democracy
So then Israel as the "Only democracie in the Midlle East" where settlers desecrate Christian and Moslem, torching Mosques, writing "Death to Christians" "Jesus is a monkey" and other violent grafiti against other religions, are they discredited by their "irrational, emotional and primitive behavior" ? No one in the United States dare say a word, earn your credibily first try lecturing then.
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Gno Bahdi
13-09-2012 06:07am
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It is a travesty
I watched the film. Well, not entirely. It was awful. I do not know how anybody could watch this thing long enough to discover how insulting it is to Muslims. Even though I could not get through it, I will accept the understanding of the offenses it presents. However, as offensive as it apparently is, what is more offensive to me is how people could point to this film and then hurt or kill people because of it. When I come upon something in writing or film that offends me, I close the book or change the channel. I certainly do not cause harm to innocent people because of the most insignificant, lengthy, and convoluted thread linking an innocent person (people) to an offensive work.
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Irie
13-09-2012 06:28pm
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What travesty?
You know what is really travest? all the hungry people around the world who go to bed hungry, every other person infront of the US embassy have rotten teeth, dirty children all over the world sleeping on streets. So, dont you people go on crying of something that is not a person , something with no life nor merit. I wonder about you people wasting time prosecuting and killing over religion when the real issues are left unattened. I suggest all you rigious people who ride around in your nice cars, all on these pcs and live in your big flats, waste so much food start showing that in doing. Make your light so shine before men, that they make see your good works and glorfy God" this way you all dont have to weep and morn and kill over something of no merit.
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Jimmy
13-09-2012 04:52am
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Take Action?
How about first taking action against the people who killed a US Ambassador? Then we'll worry about giving their film bad reviews.
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Maude
13-09-2012 04:23pm
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Mr Jimmy
Please adress your complaints to Libyan not Egypt.
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Alexandre Joannou
13-09-2012 02:25am
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An apology to my Egyptian friends and the Moslem community.
I have just watched the controversial video " The innocense of Muslims". It is a sad day for humanity when some warped, sick minds, with money, a develish agenda and hiding behind this phony concept of free speech, redicule the great religion of Islam and the great prophet Mohammad, while world leaders, political, spiritual and social, sit on the fences unable to take bold actions to eradicate this hatred and phobia of Islam. A sign that we still live in an increasingly educated but still ignorant western culture. It is funny that the western powers have the technology to pinpoint a small ping-pong ball at night anywhere in the world, but can't find the makers of this hideous video that is circulating the world. I would like to see the film makers brought to justice and charged with a hate crime. If we say that we are a culture governed by law then show me the justice. I am a Canadian citizen of Egyptian origin and a Catholic Christian. I was born in Egypt in 1947 and lived there un
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JJD
13-09-2012 09:24am
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Freedom isn't always pretty
In the USA every citizen has the right to free speech, to express himself/herself without fear of repression. It's not that we "can't find the makers" of this video; it's that there is no reason to, it's because he hasn't broke any U.S. law. We may think his film is stupid, but he still has the right to express himself. Actions speak louder than words, and those who respond to the film with murder and violence show their true nature -- and a tragic lack of comprehension for the basic right to free expression.
James
13-09-2012 05:11am
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yeah..nice try
WHAT A BUNCH OF SELF AGGRANDIZING NONSENSE. Do you know how much anti christian material is produces by Muslims? The interior of the dome of the Rocks states..Jesus Is NOT the Messiah. Are you aware of that? Thats not a youtube film..its their creed. The fact is Islams murder when ever anyone breates..let alone speaks against it. They dont need a reason and to apoligize to bunch of people who condon murder is the laughable, childish, and just plain wicked.
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Paul
12-09-2012 09:34pm
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In all fairness
How can President Morsi ask the U.S. to take action against an individual that defames Islam, when it is well known that Jews are defamed constantly in the gvernment controlled Egyptian media. President Morsi needs to recognize that the action by an individual is not representative of American policy or the American people. Whereas the continuous attacks against jews in Egyptian media represents the government and it's attempt tp instill anti-jewish sentiment to all its citizens. This is a far cry from the acts of a misguided invidual in the U.S.
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Najjar
13-09-2012 03:24am
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Paul is you middle initial H?
Paul, so here suddenly you don't hesitate one second by asking other governments to limit or supress the freedom of speech, but it is a violation of your own sacrosanct freedom of speech, freedom to insult and freedom defame in your own country. Have you asked your own leaders to do the same against the US religious media led by high profile leaders like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson just to name few. Your mass media, Congress even the White House and the Pentagone are all infected beyond imagination with anti-Islam an anti-Muslims 24 hours per day 365 days a year, most of the politicians in the US and EU have nothing on their respective agenda to offer their countrymen and come up with solutions or at least address the nation problems like the economy, health care, deteriorating education system, etc, but anti-Islam and anti-Muslims hate speech to gain votes and it seems to be their only pathetic way, their only keynotes. And by the way, anti-Jew and anit-Zionist are two differen
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Ron Bockman
12-09-2012 08:05pm
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American Zionist Jew
Islam just does not and can not understand America. The film's creator did nothing against the law, the U.S. government has nothing to do with it. That is a Democratic Republic that gives it's people freedom, which includes freedom of expression. If this is objectionable to the people in Islam, that is just too bad. America does not operate on their schedule or their beliefs. It's just insane and barbaric that you kill one person for what another did.
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Maude
12-09-2012 08:38pm
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insane barbaric that you kill...
Egypt is not Libya, no one was even injured in Egypt apart by being angry.
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sebastian pearce
12-09-2012 08:02pm
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You First
The Egyptian government would do well to firstly take action against the persecution of religious minorities in its own country before worrying about a few zionist zealots that made a movie. No one would have watched it if not promoted by Egyptian media, it would have been viewed by a few like minded idiots in the States. Egypt should focus on how it respects other religions and spend a bit of time in a room full of mirrors.
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alolah
13-09-2012 06:05am
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Ok Hector
Looks like you guys got a great environment for religious minorities over there:
aloloah
13-09-2012 06:02am
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Criminals?
@Hector M.This is a legitmate request from Egypt to US to catch the criminals.
Hector M.
13-09-2012 12:45am
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Reply to Sebastian
Hey Sebastian, You ful of lies, There is no persecution of religious minorities in Egypt. As a matter of fact religious minorities in Egypt are thriving, they have better standard of living, and very well taken care of. Just stop spitting lies and rumors. Guys like you thrive in creating agitation. these are the guys who make this film happened. Steve Klein, a consultant to the film. The film was promoted by Morris Sadek, an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian Copt campaigner who lives in California. The film was made by an Israeli filmmaker, Sam Bacile, who has gone into hiding. This is a legitmate request from Egypt to US to catch the criminals.
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expat
12-09-2012 07:27pm
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islam is peace......
well,the guys in front of the embassy showed in real live,how peaceful they are... and the fun in the story is, the hadiths they cannot change, only irony could lead out of that trap... but if they make jokes in arab channels about christs and jews,everybody has to understand,that its irony well, it will boost tourism,thats for sure
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