Blasphemy or democracy? Egypt cleric tears up, burns New Testament at US Embassy, By Ayman Mohyeldin

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An ultra-conservative Islamist cleric in Egypt faces charges of blasphemy after he allegedly tore up and burned copies of the New Testament at a protest in front of the American Embassy in Cairo. Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud Abdallah, also known as Sheikh Abu Islam, is part owner of a private ultra-conservative Islamic TV station known as Al Uma and was participating in demonstrations against a U.S.-made movie denigrating the Prophet Muhammad that swept the Muslim world in the last month. Egypt's General Prosecutor accused Abu Islam and his son, the channel's executive director, of insulting religion -- in this case Christianity.

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