"On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you've always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you," read his first tweet, translated here from the original Arabic. "I shall not pray for you."By the end of the day thousands were tweeting for his execution. Kashgari fled the country and "got as far as Malaysia before being deported back home to face charges of blasphemy, apostasy, and atheism."
February 15, 2012
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the case of a 23-year-old man, Hamza Kashgari, who tweeted a birthday message to the prophet Muhammad: