A Day Without Religious Persecution By Islamists Is Like No Day We Know

Algerian faces prison time for sharing faith

Authorities arrested Siaghi in April 2011 after he purportedly gave a CD about Christianity to a Muslim. Siaghi had gone to a phone shop to buy airtime minutes for his mobile phone, and the merchant there initiated a conversation on religion. Unhappy with Siaghi's non-Muslim answers, the merchant tried to force him to pay homage to Muhammad and to recite the Muslim shahada: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet."

When Siaghi refused and said he was a Christian, the merchant filed a complaint that the convert had belittled Muhammad, and in the absence of further witnesses, charges were brought against him.

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