Algeria: Christian gets six months in prison for “shaking the faith” of Muslims


Algeria isn’t even a hardline Islamic state, but nonetheless, Christians and other non-Muslims live precarious existences there, always subject to this kind of legally sanctioned persecution. The Algerian constitution says that everyone has freedom of belief, but if you “shake the faith” of a Muslim, you will be prosecuted. And that could take virtually any form, even the slightest disagreement or contradiction. That’s one reason why the left and the Islamic movement worldwide are so closely aligned: they’re both authoritarians who brook no dissent or disagreement. Ideological kin.

“Algeria: Christian gets six months in prison for ‘shaking the faith’ of Muslims,” translated from Algeriepart.com (thanks to Mohamed):

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The Attorney of the Republic beseeched the Court of Ferne in the state of Tiaret to impose a six-month prison sentence and a fine of 5 million centimes ($438.30) against the accused, “NB,” who is an Algerian Christian from the same state, on charges of “shaking the faith” of Muslims, pending the final verdict on March 8.

The patron of the Protestant Church in Oran, Rashid, was astonished at the nature of the charge, a charge that led to the capture of “NB” simply because he was carrying religious books that relate to his ideological orientation.

This happened despite the fact that Article 42 of the amended Constitution of Algeria states that “the sanctity of freedom of belief, freedom of opinion and freedom of worship is guaranteed in respect of the law.” However, we can see some contradiction in the latter, according to Article 11 of Law No. 06-03, which defines the conditions and rules of religious rites for non-Muslims [28 February 2006]. Punishable by imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of 500,000 to one million dinar ($4382.98 to $8765.96) is “anyone who incites, presses or uses seditious means to convince a ‘Muslim’ to change his religion or to use for that purpose educational, hospital, social and cultural institutions, training institutions or any other institution and financial means.” The same penalty applies to “anyone who produces, stores or distributes printed documents or audiovisual tapes or any other means to ‘shake the faith’ of Muslims.”

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