Monday, May 13, 2013

Coptic Christian jailed for blasphemy — in America

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.

You won’t find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn’t be in jail if he hadn’t produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.

After the attack on US facilities in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, the Obama administration claimed the terrorist assault had been the outgrowth of a demonstration against the video. In a speech at the United Nations, the president declared — no doubt with Nakoula in mind — “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Charles Woods, the father of a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told him when his son’s body returned to Andrews Air Force Base: “We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

Lo and behold, Nakoula was brought in for questioning by five Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at midnight, eventually arrested and held without bond, and finally thrown into jail for a year. He sits in La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, even as the deceptive spin that blamed his video for the Benghazi attack looks more egregious by the day.

A violation of probation, though, usually produces a court summons and doesn’t typically lead to more jail time unless it involves an offense that would be worth prosecuting in its own right under federal standards. Not for Nakoula.

This wasn’t a case of nailing Al Capone on tax evasion. As Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute points out, Al Capone’s underlying offense was racketeering and gangland killings. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s underlying offense wasn’t an underlying offense. He exercised his First Amendment rights.

Very few people have been willing to stick up for Nakoula. His character is sketchy, and his work is execrable. Yet the First Amendment applies to him regardless, even if he might have reason to doubt it as he serves out a sentence that never would have come about if he hadn’t offended the wrong people.


The video is rather nasty but you too would be scathing about Islam if you were an Egyptian Christian.  The Muslims majority of Egypt  are constantly abusing, killing, and threatening them.


Dean said...

Basseley Nakoula wasn't jailed for blasphemy, he was jailed in an attempt to further the Obama administrations effort to coverup their actions in the Benghazi attack. He's merely a scapegoat, and an effort to placate Muslims.

Anonymous said...

Of all the talk i've heard of this unfortunate incident, nowhere have i read of this man getting any legal assistance. Does he have an attorney? And if so, why is he still in jail?

Anonymous said...

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Christian, my a$$. these are the words or our first Muslim president, President Barack Obama.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is scary and this is the first I have heard of it.
In fact, I think this story might be the most worrying sign that the USA is turning its back on its foundational principles I have yet seen.

Anonymous said...

What is in a country's Constitution and how the agencies of that state actually behave, are frequently at odds, as has been well satirized by Orwell.

Anonymous said...

The Muslims wield great Powa in the US.

They've not yet nailed Bro Nathaniel Kapner who is also Orthodox Christian.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww No Fair JR, No Fair. I gets one through and you censor me.

I'm calling the BnaiBrith and the ADL on this...

No Fair. Bew Hew