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Egypt security investigates student for forming 'athiest' Facebook group
Suez Canal University filed a complaint against a 20 year-old commerce student who started a Facebook group for atheists
Ahram Online, Monday 28 Oct 2013
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National security officials in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia are conducting investigations into a university student who allegedly set-up a Facebook group calling for atheism. 

Police arrested the 20-year-old student of the Faculty of Commerce, Suez Canal University, following a report submitted by the university's administration saying he had formed a group for atheists on the social networking site. 

The accused student appeared before the prosecution, who transferred him to national security for further investigation.

In December 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced activist Alber Saber to three years in jail for posting the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims on his Facebook page. He was released later after paying bail. 

Article 98 of Egypt's penal code says anyone convicted of offending religion in any form can face up to six years in prison. 





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Jimi
19-11-2013 03:43pm
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Religion is frustratingly stupid
I just wonder why it is that theists, if their faith is so strong, find it necessary to outlaw other beliefs when their supposedly omniscient, all-powerful god/s will punish us atheists eventually anyway. The stupidity in this paradox is utterly incomprehensible.
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Bobo
19-11-2013 01:53pm
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So much for free will
How can you punish someone for refusing to believe in bronze age fairytales? If you must believe in childrens stories, then at least accept that God gave man free will to choose, it is not for you met out such punishments. If God does exist, then those who refuse to beleive in him may have to face the music in the afterlife; though like most atheists, I'm not losing much sleep over it. As long as Egypt and other arab states continue to impose such medieval laws they will never advance.
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Stimbo
30-10-2013 06:09pm
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No surprise
Doesn't surprise me, though it does sadden me. After all, Egypt was among the earliest of surviving nations to capitalise on the lies of religion as a means of societal control.
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Moosa
30-10-2013 02:01pm
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Contradiction
Muslims can always offend atheists and other religions under the law's protection in so-called 'islamic states'. And it has always been this way. Article 98 of Egypt's penal code is certainly stupid! You can polish your morals for more Gulf money as long as you want, but one day logic will prevail and your religious nonsense will no longer exist!
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MurboFally
30-10-2013 12:04pm
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Offending religion
But what about when religions offend each other all the time? The koran and bible offend people of other religions, when will something be done about that?
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Girma
28-10-2013 11:28pm
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Freedom to worship none
Oh come on Primitive Egypt. This is a century of logic and common sense. How can you arrest somebody because he refused another fellow human being: jesus and muhammed were mere human beings simply because they died. Even ethiopia has allowed its citizens even upto the right not to worship. We expect much from you because you are slightly developed than other countries. Dont be a bad role model. Let people decided whom and what they want to worship.
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zakki
28-10-2013 05:17pm
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shame
Everybody in a modern democratic state, what will Egypt be, must have religion freedom, even freedom of have no religion and dont believe in God at all. It s privat opinion of each citizen and State can not push People to believe or not believe in God...
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