Under the rule of Zine Al Abidine Bin Ali, Tunisians who posted Facebook images of Islam’s prophet would face no legal consequences. Since the ‘Arab Spring’ and Bin Ali’s forced exodus, that’s all changed.
Two men have been convicted and sentenced to prison in Tunisia for posting on Facebook images of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), a court decision that drew support on Friday from the presidency of this once staunchly secular country.
Jaber Majeri and Gazi Jribi were convicted on March 28 by a Tunisian court for “insulting the sacred” after they posted images of the Prophet with one of his wives, Aisha. They were each sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and fined $800 (Dh2,940).
The verdict, which was made public on Thursday, has been condemned by some as an attack on freedom of expression and a mark of the rising tide of religious conservatism in the country since a popular uprising ousted a dictator a year ago.
It happens every time. Leftists listen to Islamists who tell them they’re being oppressed. The leftists then align with the Islamists to overthrow the dictator. Once the dictator is overthrown, the Islamists no longer need the leftists and proceed to oppress them more than the dictator did.
I only need two words to prove my point: 1979 Iran.
h/t Jihad Watch