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WAWIBF... Dealing With Bloggers

23 February 2007

22-year-old Abdel Kareem Soliman is an Egyptian blogger. Or rather he was. Not anymore. This week his blogging was brought to a halt. Not because it was inane or self-indulgent like most blogging. But because it was insulting. Like most blogging.

Specifically, in his blog Soliman accused Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, of being 'a dictator'. Furthermore, he described the country's foremost Islamic institution and his own former university, al-Azhar, as 'the university of terrorism'. He also said that the university suppressed free thought.

So this week he was imprisoned for four years.

That'll learn him. Him and his big mouth.

The charges brought against Soliman in his five-minute trial were that he insulted the president (one year) and that he insulted Islam and incited sedition (three years).

Poor old Islam. Such a sensitive beast. Allah too, sitting round on huge cushions with hot and cold running virgins, very much like a bearded Hugh Hefner, set up for eternity and rolling in gold - yet still concerned enough by the babbling of his creation that every time someone says, 'Allahu akbar', he giggles like a Tokyo schoolgirl and blushes sweetly, and whenever anyone says, 'Boy, that Islam strikes me as an extraordinarily backward and tyrannical excuse for a way of life', he breaks down and weeps like a mutilated vagina. So what choice do his followers have? They must avenge his hurt. It's only right.

And so a young man with a spine and a conscience must have his twenties taken away from him.

Boy, that Islam strikes us as an extraordinarily backward and tyrannical excuse for a way of life.

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