Islamic extremists are increasingly using social media platforms to falsely implicate Christians in blasphemy cases by creating fraudulent posts.
According to Open Doors USA, Facebook posts have become a new tool used by Islamic extremists to persecute Christians.
In one case in Egypt, a 26-year-old Christian man named Fady Youssef Todary noticed someone had hacked into his Facebook account and posted a blasphemous message. Later, after realizing what had happened, he posted a video on the platform explaining to his followers that it wasn’t him who produced the content.
But an angry mob of roughly 100 people had already formed and destroyed everything inside Todary’s family home in Ashnin El-Nasara, a village in Minya, south of Cairo. Fady’s parents were forced to flee their son’s home and seek refuge at a relative’s residence.
Just a few days later, Todary was arrested, along with his 19-year-old brother and two uncles. He has since been released but is awaiting trial on blasphemy charges.
Egypt has the harshest blasphemy laws in North Africa, according to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, which notes that most blasphemy laws are “vaguely worded” but carry “unduly harsh penalties for violators.” Egypt’s blasphemy laws are a form of anti-minority oppression, targeting Coptic Christians as well as Shi’ite Muslims.
“First, Christians are accused of insulting or threatening Islam,” said Open Doors analyst Michael Bosch. “Next, they are attacked, their properties destroyed, and sometimes they are driven out of their houses.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett