Virgin Mary Statue Insulter Arrested

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Security forces arrested on Saturday a man accused of insulting a statue of Virgin Mary last month.

"Security forces in the Dahieh judicial department (in Beirut's southern suburbs) arrested A.I. for insulting a statue of Virgin Mary and posting a picture of the wrongful conduct on his page on a social media site,” LBCI television said.

President Michel Suleiman called in February for “appropriate measures” to be taken against a user who had posted a Facebook cover photo of himself kissing the statue of Virgin Mary.

A Baabda palace statement said Suleiman called for certain “procedures and appropriate measures” against the wrongdoer but did not mention whether the president was inviting for judicial action.

The arrested man, Ali Itawi, had written in one of his posts that virgin Mary “was no longer a virgin” after the kiss.

He first posted the photo in 2011 but he put it back as a cover photo a few months ago, causing a stir on social networking sites.

Comments 31
Thumb cedre 08 March 2014, 22:02

good stuff...

Missing 08 March 2014, 23:44

Oh my God ... I need to get a drink. I find myself agreeing with Mowaten.

Thumb geha 09 March 2014, 07:01

another stupid m8 comment! just to defend those who cannot be defended....

kissing a statue is just that: kissing a statue.

however in the sectarian era we live in, such a stupid act translates as sectarian insult. ( as if one has to explain things to kids!)

arresting this guy is the least to do in such a period, although I consider that this guy belongs to asfourieh.

Thumb popeye 09 March 2014, 08:25

مشروع قانون عراقي يتيح زواج الفتيات في التاسعةمشروع-قانون-عراقي-يتيح-زواج-الفتيات-في-التاسعة.html

Thumb cedre 09 March 2014, 11:28

well said...

Thumb zahle1 08 March 2014, 22:26

If this level of disrespect was against a certain other sect tires would be burning and retaliatory action by their followers.

Thumb cedre 08 March 2014, 22:33

defo +1

Thumb EagleDawn 08 March 2014, 22:38

I am surprised state agencies are busy arresting this loser..........

Thumb ex-fpm 08 March 2014, 22:52

mowaten, if you keep repeating your propaganda it will not change the facts on the ground. I am not sure what kind of planet you live on, but for sure it seems very far away and not in touch with our universe. Your HA boys fired at the army in Laboueh, in Brital, they arrested a learned religious man for no reason but you refuse to see that.

Thumb popeye 08 March 2014, 22:54

lol mowaten ! were you there at the checkpoint to confirm or deny if shots were fired. It is all over the news but according to you it never happened.

Thumb ex-fpm 08 March 2014, 23:04

I am not going to sit here and argue with you. You always pick and choose what serves your propaganda. The same article mentions:
"But media reports said there was a shooting between the convoy and Hizbullah members on al-Labweh road."
But you chose to omit that:(

All major news networks carried the news of shooting.

Thumb .mowaten. 08 March 2014, 23:05

yea, only they didnt keep him in brital.

Missing agenor 08 March 2014, 23:10

Childish behavior that is immitating Hezb silly childish 'we don't share' behavior. Maybe one day they will grow up.

Missing forces 08 March 2014, 23:24

Mowaten just as media reports don't make facts as you stated above, same for your conspiracy theories. I would also suggest HA ordered this boy be released to pacify public opinion over their members shooting at the LAF.

Missing VINCENT 09 March 2014, 00:01

You people post comments as easy as wrapping a fallafel sandwich. This idiot was arrested because: (1) he is not an armed and dangerous criminal and easy to arrest, (2) his stupid stunt, though not criminal, reaches out and effects far greater numbers of Lebanese communities whether Christian or Muslim, and (3) it is a quick and clean way to discourage future copy cats. I am sure that Muslims wouldn't want to see a similar despicable freedom of wrongful expression towards their prophets or holly figures.

Thumb tornado 09 March 2014, 05:01

مسؤول امني سابق لـ"النهار" : الخاطفون محميون من سياسيين واحزابمسؤول-امني-سابق-لالنهار--الخاطفون-محميون-من-سياسيين-واحزاب

ويضيف المسؤول الامني السابق ان اسماء الخاطفين معروفة من الاجهزة الامنية التي ترصد حركة سير السيارات المسروقة الى بريتال خصوصا، وان في البلدة المذكورة اكبر مستودع للسيارات ولقطع السيارات، ويروي ان سيارة سرقت لشاب خاله ضابط كبير في احد الاجهزة، وعندما نقل الشاب الى قريبه ان اتصالا ورده يطالبه بدفع خمسة الاف دولار لقاء اعادة السيارة، والقدوم وحيدا من دون احد وخصوصا قريبه، قال له خاله : افعل ما طلبوه منك. وعندما استغرب الشاب اجابه خاله الضابط: لا استطيع ان اجند المديرية لسيارة مسروقة فلدينا مهمات اهم، والمدير العام قال لي عندما فاتحته بالامر ان الملف معقد.

Thumb tornado 09 March 2014, 05:02

ولدى سؤاله عن ملف الطفل ميشال الصقر اجاب: واقع هذا الملف يكشف "مونة" سياسيين واحزاب على الخاطفين وبالتالي يكشف نوعا من التواطؤ الذي لا يمكن التغاضي عنه. والحقيقة ان الملف حل بطريقة سياسية اكثر منها امنية، ولكن في ظل اصرار امني، ادرك معه سياسيون ان الملف سيكبر ويتفاعل فسارعوا الى " الضغط" على الخاطفين لاطلاق الطفل.

Thumb tornado 09 March 2014, 05:07

mowaten; you say "media reports don't make facts" but you use NNA which is a media report to try and prove there were no shots fired.

Default-user-icon Kazan (Guest) 09 March 2014, 07:26

What about that all religions are man made ?

Default-user-icon Dalia (Guest) 09 March 2014, 07:55

This is absolutely unaccepatable and sickening! i mean seriously there are no more boundaries for anything in this world !!! there is nothing sacred anymore! even in Islam they respect Mother Mary... and no it is not just a matter of a kiss or a statue.. there is a clear intention of disrespect here! what freedom of speech?? if we do not put boundaries for people to respect holly symbols (even if they dosagree with them) then let's all go and live in a jungle... at least animals know how to respect each other

Thumb popeye 09 March 2014, 08:55

But they are so quick to find the name of a suicide bomber before he blows himself up... just saying!

Thumb kanaanljdid 09 March 2014, 13:29

Naharnet didn't want to publish his name, but on the picture we can see it: Ali Itawi. I'd bet he his another furious M8 supporter...

Default-user-icon alioucha (Guest) 09 March 2014, 14:01

Just for the sake of the art of Photograpahy how about publishing a pic of some man assf..king mam ali b abi bâtil? Art illimited

Missing servant-of-jesus 09 March 2014, 14:50

Please read Exodus 20:3-4
These are the first TWO commandments of the 10 Commandments God gave His people for a covenant with Him.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."

What this young man did was shameful,
but the statue and the worship of the statue itself IS ABHORRENT to God.
All of you who worship and pray to human beings and to statues, repent and turn away from this evil! God will not spare you on the day of judgement if you do not cease this! But know that if you do, and accept the great news of Christ, you will be saved!

Missing servant-of-jesus 09 March 2014, 14:58

he meant mockery of a faith.
Mocking someone's faith is not a good thing.
There is a difference between awakening someone from sin and mocking them.
I do not mock people who worship statues and human beings. But I do call for awakening.

Thumb eli-g 09 March 2014, 15:20

The act by itself is disrespectful and childless at best. If you believe in freedom of speech then .... no harm done, Just an uneducated idiot looking for attention and needs to be ignored.
He is not worth the money and the energy put into arresting and prosecuting him.

Default-user-icon rolfen (Guest) 09 March 2014, 16:54

Statues are given way too much importance in Lebanon.

Thumb -phoenix1 09 March 2014, 20:50

My full respects to you ya dear Mystic. God blesses those who uphold His will.

Thumb music66 10 March 2014, 01:25

I don't know what he was thinking. Any Muslim who loves the virgin Mary as I do knows this is wrong. It is mockery, I certainly don't like people to mock anything about my Muslim faith. There fore the same respect should be given back. The virgin Mary is considered in Christianity and Islam as one of the best most beautiful woman who ever walked the face of the earth. To say or do anything against her is wrong. And to Full=disclosure above,, Sunni Muslims love and respect the virgin Mary too. I don't know what his punishment may be but he should do something good like donate to christian orphans, and go to the mosque and donate to the Muslim orphans as well. Or just post a card on him saying I am an idiot. lol hey that might work.. lol. make him walk through christian and Muslim neighborhoods. BIG Letters.. I am a JARHISH written in Arabic. lmao.

Thumb FlameCatcher 10 March 2014, 12:01

Shows that when it comes to respecting Christians, Hezbollah are no better than Salafists !

Default-user-icon Eliasc (Guest) 10 March 2014, 17:42

God does not exist.
Should I go to jail for saying that?