Alber Saber is a twenty-seven-year-old prominent activist for secular democracy in Egypt who was arrested during the recent protests in Cairo over a film made in the United States that depicts the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a negative light. Saber, raised in a Coptic Christian household, is an atheist who reportedly operates the Egyptian Atheists page on Facebook and has been a vocal critic of fundamentalist Islam.

On September 14, 2012, a crowd of hundreds formed outside of Saber’s home chanting “Allahu Akbar” and demanding that Saber be arrested for allegedly posting a link to the film, along with other crimes such as insulting religion. When the police arrived, they arrested Saber and put him in jail.

Saber was reportedly beaten after a prison guard announced his charges to others in Saber’s cell. He faces between six months and five years in prison and/or a fine between five hundred and one thousand pounds.

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He is a better person than I.  If I lived where my life would be at risk just for having a different opinion about reality.  I am afraid, I would meet potential violence with overwhelming violence that unconditionally crosses the line of "evil".  Luckily I don't live in such a place.  Most people have been pretty good.  And those individuals that aren't that decent haven't been enough trouble to worry about.  Ethics are only something you have when you can afford it.


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