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Egyptian Islamic Lawyers Urge Death Sentence For Convert

Posted in News by Skepdude on March 18, 2009

ISTANBUL — In the latest hearing of a Muslim-born Egyptian’s effort to officially convert to Christianity, opposing lawyers advocated he be convicted of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, and sentenced to death.

More than 20 Islamic lawyers attended the hearing on Sunday (Feb. 22) in Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s case to obtain identification papers with Christianity designated as his religious affiliation. Two lawyers led the charge, Ahmed Dia El-Din and Abdel Al-Migid El-Anani.

“[El-Din] started to talk about the Quran being in a higher position than the Bible,” one of El-Gohary’s lawyers, Said Fayez, told Compass. “[El-Din said] people can move to a higher religion but not down, so people cannot move away from Islam because it is highest in rank.”

Memos submitted by opposing lawyers asserted that cases such as El-Gohary’s form part of a U.S. Zionist attack on Islam in Egypt, that Christianity is an inferior religion to Islam and that Copts protect and defend converts from Islam at their own peril.

“We received 150 pages from them that talked about religion,” said Fayez. “We are not in a position to talk about religion, we are only talking about the law.”

El-Gohary Beaten

El-Gohary was not present at the hearing, as attendance would put him at extreme personal risk. He had planned to obtain papers authorizing attorney Nabil Ghobreyal to act as his proxy representation in court, but staff members at the registry office swore at and beat him, lawyers said.

Judge Hamdy Yasin was forced to adjourn the case until March 28 because El-Gohary did not obtain the necessary proxy representation documents.

“I am now in a position where I can’t do anything else,” El-Gohary, who has been in hiding, told Compass. “I have to go [to court] despite the danger. I believe God will protect me. It’s a very hard decision, but I have to go.”

Copts and Christian converts have to face such systemic prejudice daily in the battle for their rights, he said.

“Our rights in Egypt, as Christians or converts, are less than the rights of animals,” El-Gohary said. “We are deprived of social and civil rights, deprived of our inheritance and left to the fundamentalists to be killed. Nobody bothers to investigate or care about us.”


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  1. akhter said, on March 19, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    and all because the pope ordered his disciples to go out and turn the Muslims to Christ, not realising how much misery they bring on them poor souls , who are firstly bribed as being very poor ,for money to buy food health care for in return to convert, and many helpless have no other alternatives, and thus they are rejected from their families, communities, but these bible thumpers don,t care they are just worried about how many they convert in a year. So blame your self for their misery.

    • Skepdude said, on March 19, 2009 at 3:22 PM

      Actually I won’t, ’cause I’m no bible thumper. You’re right though that everyone is responsible for their own behavior. That nevertheless does not exclude the Muslims from their idiocy & bigotry!

    • Rodibidably said, on March 19, 2009 at 4:40 PM

      You obviously have not paid attention to what this site is all about, but the last thing we are here are “bible thumpers”.
      I personally find all religious believers to be liars, delusional, ignorant, or mentally ill.
      I won’t speak for Skepdude too much, but the fact that he has me as one of the contributors here should say something about his views on the subject…

      If you want to bash christian, feel free.
      If you want to bash the pope, feel free.
      If you want to bash the catholic church, feel free.
      But if you’re going to equate this site, and by extension me, of being bible thumpers, you’re just as ignorant as those you attempt to put down.

      Now if you’d like to get your head out of your ass for long enough to made a coherent and logical comment, then PLEASE, by all means let’s talk about your views on this subject, but don’t waste my time with your idiotic, ignorant, unfounded accusations…

      Wit hthat out of the way, I’d like to make one other point with regards to this article, and your comments:

      MURDERING somebody for disagreeing with you is wrong.

      There are no shades of gray in this.
      MURDERING somebody for disagreeing with you is wrong.

      There are no excuses, no jusitifications, no valid reasons or explinations.
      MURDERING somebody for disagreeing with you is wrong.

      That is what these people are trying to do here. They are trying to MURDER somebody who disagrees with them on the nature of god and religion.

      There is no possible spin.
      There is no possible justification.
      There is nothing that can be said that trumps the simple fact:
      MURDERING somebody for disagreeing with you is wrong.

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