My views, observations, questions about everything in this world ....and that country they call Egypt.

10 March 2007

Seeker Of Truth

I will continue calling him Karim Amer because that’s the name he chose for himself. In case you haven’t heard, he’s the Egyptian blogger sentenced to 4 years in jail for his opinions. Three years for insulting Islam, one for insulting the president.

Did they get him because he used the phrase “imaginary creature” to refer to god? Hmmm… I don’t think he ‘insulted’ Islam, though even that should not be a crime. I think he just openly disagreed. But if what he did indeed ‘insults’ Islam, then insulting Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Satanism or any religion for that matter should not be a crime. If a group of people choose to believe in something that is not proven, why is it a crime to question it? If someone chooses to worship the sun, which is their right, does then become a crime to show how ridiculous that is? If someone chooses to worship rats, like in Karni Mata, does it become a crime to tell them that rats are just rats? What if someone claims to be a god, does it become a crime to show how baseless their belief is? I don’t think so.

You can believe in whatever you want and worship whomever you like, it is your right, but don’t make it a crime for me to disagree… and to tell you why I disagree. If I ask a Muslim today to prove to me that Allah exists and that the Quran is his word, they won’t be able to. If I ask a Christian to prove to me that Jesus is the Lord, they won’t even come close. That is why religion requires faith; to believe in the unproven and the disproved.

I don’t know if Karim is an atheist or what, but if they think he is a criminal, then they better start looking for atheists too. Me being an atheist, for example, automatically means that this is what I'm saying: There is nothing divine about Allah, Mohamed, Jesus, the Quran, the Bible, etc. Ooops, have I just insulted Islam?

And as for insulting the president, why is that a special crime? Why is insulting “el bawab” (the doorman) any different than insulting the president? They are both human. Being the president is a job not a title. Hosni is not a king, he is a president and his job is to make country better. The doorman’s job is to watch for who is coming and going and run different errands. One job obviously has far greater consequences than the other, but that doesn’t mean that they should have different rights. Punishment for insulting a doorman should be just the same as insulting Hosni. That would be true democracy.



* In one of the interviews that I saw for Karim, the Coptic interviewer called him a philosopher and a thinker. Karim responded by saying that he is only a seeker of truth.

7 Comments:

Blogger egyptiankangaroo said...

The Palestinians have done it again. This time they have kidnapped a BBC journalist. Now how does that help their case , I don't know , what do they gain by doing this , again I don't know. What I do know is that they (the Palestinians will never miss a chance to screw themselves.
We have seen them over the years send suicide bombers onto buses while their elected leader (Arafat) was sitting negotiating. Kidnapping aid workers, journalists, setting fire to the British council office and planting a bomb in the Al arabiya office. Now they keep on saying they want the west to help them with their cause !!!! Why would anyone want to help them when they do stupid things like these . The government needs to get a grip on what is happening and the people have to wake up and smell the coffee.
come and tell me your opinion @http://egyptiankangaroo.blogspot.com/

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Blogger HalalHippie said...

good post, MC... too tired to comment, will be back. Keep up th'good work.

1:55 AM

 
Blogger HalalHippie said...

ok, I'll try again: "religion" can be defined as a set of "ideas" about life, the universe and everything. Have you just insulted Islam ? can one insult ideas ? Beliefs ? One sure can insult religious people (need I give an example? ) Does God get insulted when you're saying He doesn't exist ? The grumpy old guy in the sky that some ppl believe in would. But the Almighty One that I know is way above praise, obedience and even recognition.

I do admire atheists: they have strong faith :-)

(sorry, to be incoherent, I'm too tired again)

12:03 AM

 
Blogger Ze said...

Egyption Kangeroo what has that got to do with anything?
Interesting blog :)

2:49 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very interesting blog MC, but there's one thing that I'd like to comment on. You said that religion requires FAITH, to believe in something that is unproven (i.e. God)... so the way i look at it is, there's a difference between atheists, people who don't believe in organized religion and people who lack faith.
Most of the world lacks faith, and it's evident in different ways, whether it's their ideology, morals, actions or even how they view themselves...
On the other hand, based on my experience with the few atheists I know, atheists are trying to invalidate religion to suit their own agendas, it's not that they don't believe in God, it's that they hate being told what to do. .. Now i'm not by any means implying that this is what you are doing, i don't know you. But i'm just trying to point out the difference.. lack of faith doesn't equal atheism, sometimes all you need is some guidance to help you on the right path of understanding things, that's all....

12:01 AM

 
Blogger MechanicalCrowds said...

Anon,

I wouldn't say I have 'lack of faith' like your friends. I'm saying there is no god.

2:54 AM

 
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