Egypt Sentences Mo Filmmaker to Death, Obama Sentenced Him to Only One Year

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Truly we live in a moderate Muslim country. One year in the Federal pen for insulting Islam is pretty mild compared to a death sentence. I just hope Obama doesn’t become too radicalized by his association with his good friend Mohammed Morsi and begin handing out death sentences for Mohammed cartoons.

“The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet,” Egyptian Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said Wednesday.

Or as Obama said, “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

The charges in Egypt included “intentionally committing acts to harm the unity of the country and peace of its land;” “calling to divide the country into small states on a sectarian basis and harming national unity;” and “using religion to promote extremist ideas resulting in religious division and disrespect [of] heavenly religion.”

Also known as the official program of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sure we criticize Obama a lot and often justly. But it’s important that we also show our appreciation for living in a country that Obama described as “one of the largest Muslim nations in the world” where people who offend Islamic theocracy get sentenced to a mere one year in prison.

Can we conceive of any other Muslim leader showing such generosity and tolerance as to sentence a man who offended his faith to only one year in prison, without any additional beheadings or mutilations?

Obama may be a terrible leader by American standards, but compared to Assad, Erdogan, Morsi, Ahmadinejad and Karzai, he’s really not so bad.

  • Old

    Well, you see, the constitution prevented him from going as far as he wanted to go, but I have faith in his ingenuity. I expect to see beheadings begin any day now. When that happens, he can blame the violence on another film-maker, and, after that, a new round of beheadings can begin.

    • Mary Sue

      if he starts doing THAT, I will start believing all the people that say Obama is the antichrist.

  • g_jochnowitz

    So Egypt will execute Christians for insulting Mohammed.
    It's no wonder the world hates Israel.

  • mikey o

    now that he is in jail ,behind closed doors ,,he will fall
    ( killed) in prison..

  • Coptic John

    So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Ecclesiastes 4:1

  • richard

    really,he got a year in jail for freedom of speech?

    • Mary Sue

      they spun it as "he violated his parole for being on the internet" but yeah. Who gets a year in jail for violating their parole, IN CALIFORNIA?!

      • Daniel Greenfield

        And the father of one the dead SEALS said Hillary told him they would put the guy away.

        • Mary Sue

          yeah I remember going WTF when I heard that. If I were the dad I would be like "ARE YOU F___ING SERIOUS HILARY? YOU THINK I GIVE TWO ___TS ABOUT SOME NO NAME YOUTUBE VIDEO MAKER?! "