Will Blasphemy Laws Derail the Egyptian Revolution?

November 09, 2012

From The American Conservative:

Last year tens of thousands of Egyptians successfully toppled the dictatorial regime of President Hosni Mubarak, who for decades had used the military and its dungeon-like prison system to persecute and torture political enemies and perceived threats to the state.

Since then, Egypt’s robust constitutional process, which produced a draft constitution in October, has emphasized new protections for free expression and peaceful protest. Yet anti-blasphemy laws still exist in the penal code, and the new government under President Mohammed Morsi–a former top official in the Muslim Brotherhood–is wielding them and other speech laws with righteous vigor, according to reports from Egypt today.

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