Riots In Egypt over Facebook Pic
By Micah Halpern
Saturday December 31, 2011
I've Been Thinking:
There are riots in Southern Egypt. Christians are getting beaten and church property is being destroyed.
The riots began because an image of the Prophet Mohamed was posted on the Facebook page of a 17 year old Christian student. The student, Gama Massoud, has been arrested for creating an image of the Prophet.
The significance of these events is gargantuan. Look at what happened: Because an image was posted on Facebook there were two days of violence - riots, beatings and burnings. Someone was arrested for posting an imagined picture of Mohammed and he claims that his friends did it as a practical joke and that lands him in prison. People can die in these riots.
We in the West blithely assume that Egypt is making the trek along the road to democracy. This does not look anything like the democracy we know.
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