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Egyptian teacher accused of insulting Morsi over 'sheep' question
Teacher in Alexandria questioned by police for insulting President Mohamed Morsi over exam question mentioning sheep
Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 May 2013
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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: AFP)

Ihab El-Islamboly, an English teacher in Alexandria, was questioned by police on Tuesday for setting a "politicised" exam question that "insulted" President Mohamed Morsi.

The question that angered some members of the Alexandria teachers' syndicate, which El-Islamboly says is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, included the quote, "In the animal kingdom, a sheep cannot be king."

El-Islamboly told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that he had not intended to insult the president, who hails from the Brotherhood, and the quote is part of the curriculum.

"What part of this quote has anything to do with the president or politics?" asked El-Islamboly.

Critics often accuse Muslim Brotherhood members of acting like sheep for slavishly following the orders of the group's supreme-guide.

On Saturday, the deputy education minister in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate ordered the punishment of an English teacher for including a question involving an imaginary dialogue between ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his successor Morsi. 

Early last year, a teacher in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya was penalised for setting an exam that included a question equating protesters with criminals and another requesting an essay congratulating the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party for winning a majority in Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls.



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Bill Campbell
19-05-2013 01:05am
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Egyptian Teacher Accused of Insulting Morsi
In reading AhramOnline (which I enjoy quite a lot), I note three articles regarding "insulting." One involving a teacher insulting President Morsi, one regarding a Sheik insulting an actress and another involving a FJP member insulting the Judiciary. Given the really serious problems facing us all in this world, all of this "insulting" business seems rather immature and superflous.
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Sharif Shehata
14-05-2013 11:12pm
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Freedom
I hope all Ministers and the Government are spending time to look round Hospitals,Schools,Republic services Health and Safety and the biggest issues in Egypt better than look for who is insulted and upset the President. The USA President everyday has been insulted. This is the name of Freedom,Justice,Human rights and democracy. Egyptians people need to have the same rights. Mr president Mohamed Morsi must deliver his promises and his Government should take responsibility for their own jobs. Most importantly Egypt to move forward. Don't cry for me Egypt, I am still your Son. All we need to be honest and to do our jobs right. God save Egypt.
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Roslyn
14-05-2013 04:39pm
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In reply to Bob, Morsi was elected by a very small majority, many who voted actually voted against his opponent considering him part of the old regime, but now almost everyone who is not an Islamist regrets their decision.....yes Egypt is being destroyed on all levels including economically and socially, however the Muslim Brotherhood's top priority are accusing it's citizens of real and imagined insults, this comment did not mention the name of Morsi, this is how insecure they feel, as so far 2,000,000 have signed the petition to remove Morsi from office, by the end of June, the number will rise dramatically. Notice it is mainly dictatorial regimes that accuse their citizens of 'insulting' them! I believe soon, the Egyptians will regain your respect, as none of the goals of the revolution have been obtained, in fact, everything is regressing.
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Azer
14-05-2013 03:54pm
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Dear Bob If a society has had freedom for long time is different than a society without smallest form of freedom for long time. A dried land which has not received rain for long time too much of it creates flood. Rain is good but slowly. Respect in Egyptian society makes subjects not only to like their leader also LIKE themselves. Egypt needs law and order to bring tranquility, extremism destroys hope and future of Egypt.
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Kevin
14-05-2013 02:35pm
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Seriously...
Freedom of Speech is alive and well in Egypt! Enjoy your new freedoms. /sarcasm.
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Bob
14-05-2013 12:51pm
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Oh dear! You have another dictator. Worse than mubarak!
This is just remarkable! Egypt is dying. The country is crippled, and the only thing that this idiotic government can do is to be upset over a comment like a "sheep cannot be king" ? How is this an insult even to Morsi? I have seriously lost a LOT of respect for the Egyptian People over electing Morsi.
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Ramy the Egyptian
14-05-2013 02:51pm
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We didn't elect him...
The Egyptian people didn't elect Morsi... The Muslim Brotherhood did.

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