Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Now this is literally unbelievable. I got an email with a link to the story of a Christian man who was arrested by Egypt's National Security police after eating Danish cheese!
At first I didn't believe the story especially that the link brought me to a partisan Coptic Christian website whose stories cannot be taken at face value. However, the website's correspondent in Egypt interviewed the man's family and posted the interview on the site.
The man, who owns a shop, was seen by neighbors while eating Danish cheese. They asked him why he's not boycotting Denmark and he answered that he's just not boycotting it. Later members of Egypt's notorious National Security police arrived at his place and asked him to go with them.
Now, provided that this story is in fact true, I believe he was most probably arrested after arguing with his Muslim neighbors about Denmark. Afraid of religiously motivated communal tensions, the police just arrested the guy. He has been locked up for over 2 weeks, and according to the interview, his family are urging Christians in the diaspora to intervene and secure his release.
This is classic. Bad bad Danish cows, they send people to jail!