The Guardian reports that the brother of Ahmed Berabet, police officer and Muslim killed by the terrorists in Paris, has asserted that his brother’s killers were “false” Muslims, only “pretending to be Muslims.”
“My brother was Muslim and he was killed by two terrorists, by two false Muslims,” he said. “Islam is a religion of peace and love. As far as my brother’s death is concerned it was a waste. He was very proud of the name Ahmed Merabet, proud to represent the police and of defending the values of the Republic – liberty, equality, fraternity.”
And yet, in Egypt a 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for coming out as an atheist on his Facebook page!
A student has been sentenced to three years in prison for announcing on Facebook that he was an atheist and thereby “insulting Islam”. Karim Ashraf Mohamed al-Banna, aged 21, was arrested in November 2014 with a group of other people at a cafe in Cairo.
Police then closed down the so-called “atheists cafe” in what is being viewed as a coordinated government crackdown on atheists. A local administrator told a news website that the coffee shop was “known as a place for satan worship, rituals and dances”.
AFP was told by al-Banna’s lawyer, Ahmed Abdel Nabi, that al-Banna’s father testified against him on the grounds that he “was embracing extremist ideas against Islam”. He was bailed until his appeal is heard in March.
The authorities under Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s regime have stepped up measures to counter atheism, blasphemy and other forms of so-called dissent.
So… Terrorists are “false Muslims,” and Islam should not be blamed for the violence done in its name – but if you live in a predominantly Muslim country and refuse to be a “false Muslim,” instead professing what you do believe, you will be arrested?
Which is it?