Originally posted by C Hess
Uh, you're holding the atheist responsible for this? The atheist is the victim for not having freedom of speech.
Well it depends. Egypt like many other predominately Islamic countries has blasphemy laws. Now if the person in question was simply supping his coffee and the police busted and jailed him for no apparent reason then no, that is a transgression of justice (the article is rather sketchy as to what actually happened). If on the other hand he was preaching atheism in the street then he can be held personally accountable, irrespective of whether under the Egyptian constitution he has hypothetically the legal right to do so.
'all things are lawful but not all things are advantageous'. 1 Corinthians 10:23
Thus if this was the scenario, I do not question the mans right to freedom of speech nor the legality of his stance. I question the wisdom of engaging in an act that is likely to get you jailed for three years.