Sherif Gaber is the Egyptian atheist who was first arrested in 2013 for posting about his conversion out of Islam. He ran away before authorities could put him in jail and then continued making YouTube videos from an undisclosed location.
There was a blasphemy charge filed against him in March. Sherif said he might get arrested again, which is exactly what happened the next month. He sent a message to his fans saying the police had captured him… though days later, he tweeted that he was free again.
But was he safe? What was his status now? There was were a lot of unanswered questions about his safety still up in the air.
So when Sherif uploaded a video yesterday, there was a rush to see it. (It already has tens of thousands of views.) He didn’t explain what’s happened over the past couple of months, but instead, he offered something different: A justification for why he continues poking the hornets’ nest even when it gets him in trouble:
As he explains, the reason he keeps making videos and putting himself in dangerous situations is simple: He knows he’s making a difference. He can see the change happening. And when that many religious people are coming after you, it’s probably because they know their foundation is flimsy and they don’t want anyone exposing it.
It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing. Wherever he’s at, I hope he’s safe.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)