Thursday, February 22, 2007

How They Spent Their Day

Here's a brief follow-up on the two bloggers we profiled yesterday.

If you will remember, both these young bloggers attacked their government demanding changes, insulted and vilified religion as oppressive to women, and personally insulted the President.

Well today, one blogger, Amanda Marcotte wrote several new blog entries, one titled
Abortion is a Moral Good.

I think that abortion is not only a good thing, but I’d like to posit that it seems to me that in the vast majority of abortions, the choice made was the most moral choice for that woman.

Another thought provoking blog entry claimed that Republicans have only one issue: women having sex and how to stop it.

And we wonder why people think that the Republicans own “morality”, because apparently the only issue of great moral importance is the fact that women are having sex and someone needs to stop them.

She also made a television appearance over on MSNBC and she was interviewed on National Public Radio.

Our other blogger, Kareem Amer, wrote.......

Oh, wait..... he didn't write anything. Amer was was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison, three years for insulting religion and and fourth year for insulting the President.

Kareem lives, attended school and wrote in Egypt. Amanda in the United States. Kareem insulted Islam, Amanda insulted Christianity.

Amanda is suffering under the iron fist of justice American Style, while Amer is learning about justice in his native Egypt.

From the Washington Post:

An Egyptian blogger was convicted Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison for insulting Islam and Egypt's president, sending a chill through fellow Internet writers who fear a government crackdown.

Abdel Kareem Nabil, a 22-year-old former student at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, had been a vocal secularist and sharp critic of conservative Muslims in his blog. He often lashed out at Al-Azhar, the most prominent religious center in Sunni Islam, calling it "the university of terrorism" and accusing it of encouraging extremism.

Nabil's lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam, said he would appeal the verdict, adding it will "terrify other bloggers and have a negative impact on freedom of expression in Egypt." Nabil had faced a possible maximum sentence of nine years in prison.

I wonder if Amanda realizes she won the lottery?

She had the good fortune to be born in a country that treasures its dissidents rather than imprison them.