Egypt's Salafis call for the criminalization of blasphemy

By REUTERS
September 22, 2012 23:09

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's president and other Muslim leaders should demand the UN criminalize contempt of religion after the release of an anti-Islamic film and cartoons which demonstrate growing racism, said the leader of the biggest ultra-orthodox Islamist party.

Despite doctrinal and political differences with President Mohamed Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafist Nour Party played a key role in supporting it during presidential elections in June. Led by Emad Abdel Ghaffour, it now ranks as the second-largest party in parliament and plays a formidable force in Egypt's new politics.

"We call for legislation or a resolution to criminalize contempt of Islam as a religion and its Prophet," said Ghaffour, one of four permanent assistants to the president, on Saturday.

"The voice of reason in the West will prevail if there is mutual respect, dialogue and efficient lobbying for this critical resolution," he told Reuters in an interview.

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