Radical Egyptian Islamist Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah, owner of an Islamic television station which uses veiled women as presenters, is to face trial for burning a Bible during protests outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo over the film "Innocence of Muslims."
Digital Journal reported that Coptic Christians in Egypt filed a complaint against Abdullah, who is also known as Abu Islam in his role as a Muslim cleric. Amidst the devastating Islamic protests that have shaken the world, Abdullah's bout of Bible burning drew little international attention.
US News reported Abdullah was filmed tearing the Bible before burning it as he promised "Next time I will urinate on it."
According to Al Arabiya Abdullah has been charged with “insulting the Christian faith." In addition to burning the Bible in front of an audience of thousands during the protests he made insulting remarks against Christianity in an interview with the Al-Tahrir newspaper. Al-Tahrir journalist Hani Yassin Gadallah is also facing charges, along with Abdullah's son.
Speaking of the charges Abdullah said "I had always wished to go to court to explain to the world that there is no such thing as the Bible. Every church in the West has its own holy book."
The Egyptian law that allows those who insult religion to be prosecuted has primarily been used to prosecute those who insult Islam.