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Egypt: Coptic teacher given three-year jail term for students' video mocking Islamic State

February 01, 2016

A Coptic schoolteacher in Egypt has been sentenced to a three-year prison term for insulting Islam, after his students filmed a video mocking the Islamic State, the Fides news service reports.

Using a mobile phone, four students at a school in the town of Beni Mazar filmed a skit in which a Muslim was depicted being executed while at prayer. The video-- a satire of the executions of Christians by the Islamic State-- provoked an uproar, and local authorities arrested the students and fined their families. The teacher, held responsible for his students' project, has now been sentenced to jail. 

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 02, 2016 7:08 PM ET USA

    One can just imagine how the "religion of peace" would react with ire if a video asserted that one Muslim could in real life kill another. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? "Peace be unto you." "Allah be praised." "Seventy two virgins."