Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Africa » Egypt » Egypt Frees Christian Boys Accused of Blasphemy

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Africa » Egypt » Egypt Frees Christian Boys Accused of Blasphemy

CAIRO, EGYPT (Worthy News)– Egyptian authorities on released two Coptic Christian children who were accused of "insulting Islam" by allegedly urinating on a paper with verses of the Koran, prosecutors and other officials said.

Nabil Naji Rizq, 10, and Mina Nadi Faraj, nine, from Beni Sewif province in southern Egypt were held at a juvenile facility.

Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud reportedly took the decision because the accused, aged nine and 10, are minors.

The boys were reportedly detained in their home village of Ezbet Marco on September 30 following complaints from a local imam, identified as Ibrahim Mohamed Ali.

Local Christians said the situation remained tense in the village, with members of Gamaa Islamiya, a militant group, going to mosques urging Muslims "to rise up" against the court order to release the boys.


"I don't know why they are inciting people now. Right now, villagers from outside our place are gathering," The Associated Press news agency quoted a priest as saying. "God help us," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Christian rights activists view the case as part of growing hostilities towards Egypts minority Christians, known as Copts, who comprise up to 10 percent of the over
180 million population.

At least 17 people, mainly Christians, have been detained in the country on similar charges in recent weeks following "rising sensitivities" over the release of a
U.S.-produced anti-Islam film, said advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC).

Among those detained is a Christian teacher in the southern province of Assiut who received six years in prison for posting anti-Islam material on his page of the Facebook website.

Rights activists said a female Coptic teacher in another southern town was summoned for interrogation last week and detained for a night after her students claimed she spoke "offensively about the Prophet Muhammad" in class.


The teacher was released from detention, but prosecutors are still investigating her, according to rights investigators.

A Coptic Christian activist, Alber Saber, faces trial for posting material on his Facebook page deemed offensive to religion.

He was first detained after neighbors complained he had posted the anti-Islam film, but investigators didn't find it.

Yet, he was put on trial on charges of "contempt of religion". His trial reportedly began last week.

Egypt's new President Mohamed Morsi has pledged to protect the Coptic community, but critics claim violence and detentions suggest otherwise.


"Blasphemy cases against those alleged to have 'insulted Islam' have skyrocketed in Egypt in recent weeks following violent protests and rising sensitivities over the release of the anti-Islam film in the U.S." noted Aidan Clay, ICC Regional Manager for the Middle East.

However, he said, "extremists who have used the film as an excuse to press their Islamic agenda, arguing that banning blasphemy means standing up for Islam."

Clay told Worthy News in a statement that, "The battle is being waged by Islamists who want their interpretation of religion to be declared as the only acceptable version."

Sadly, he said, "the Islamists are getting their way, and blasphemy charges, like those filed against the two [released] young boys, will inevitably increase."

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Copyright 1999-2015 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Blog

    • Historical Cyclical Patterns Emerging in Greece
      Greece defaulted on its IMF loan last night. It is interesting that it was actually the Greek Philosopher Plato who was the first to advocate the "credit" theory of money. His prized student, Aristotle, who […]
    • Reader Question: Where do you get that Sept. 23, 2015 is Jubilee (of Jerusalem)?
      First of all, it is important to know that God is not working on our Gregorian calendar but He is rather fulfilling His Word according to the calendar that He established, which is a 360 […]
    • Are you looking back? Remember Lot's Wife!
      As this shocking Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage settles into the nation, I'm reminded of the passage in Luke where Yeshua (Jesus) told us one of the final signs of His return. He said it […]
    • Supreme Court: Not One but THREE Strikes!
      Most are aware of the recent decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage, but many may not realize that this was only one of the history-making decisions reached this session. This past month, […]
    • The Water Breaking Moment?
      In Matthew 24, Yeshua (Jesus) makes an interesting correlation between the end of the age and a woman giving birth. [Matthew 24:8]. As the birth of a baby draws near, the birth pangs intensify, and […]
    • Prophetic Calendar for 2015
      As requested by many and after much prayer and research, I have compiled a list of significant events over which we must be praying in the coming months. By listing these events, let it be […]
  • Editor’s Picks

  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Egypt Frees Christian Boys Accused of Blasphemy