Saudi Arabia is still living in Biblical days. They need to drop this farce and start living in the present century. Now this is a good case where the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council should step in instead of meddling in the U.S. gun rights laws.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:31 AM
Death by Lashing: Saudi Arabia
by Salim Mansur • June 11, 2015 at 11:30 am
•Nothing could uplift the universal image of Saudi Arabia and King Salman more than if today he issued a pardon. World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who has so far been silent on the issue, should immediately speak out — as should the media and human rights groups.
•There was no insult of Islam, of the prophet, or of the Quran, in what Badawi wrote; and, truth be told, God, Islam and the prophet are all beyond insults, and beyond the reach of profanity that occasionally spills forth from the bigoted or tortured minds of individuals.
•The treatment of Raif Badawi stands out, not merely for its cruelty, but how it has come to symbolize the grotesquely repulsive nature of the Saudi kingdom and what it represents behind the mask of religious austerity.
Raif Badawi and his children, before his 2012 arrest.
Tomorrow, Friday, the virtual death sentence by 1000 lashes, delivered “very harshly” according to the flogging order, fifty at a time, might continue for Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger and father of three, for allegedly “insulting Islam.”
The flogging sentence, plus ten years in prison, was upheld last week by Saudi Arabia’s supreme court, and can now only be overturned by a pardon from King Salman.
Although Badawi, who is ill and frail, would most certainly perish, in Saudi justice there is little concern for sentences to be proportionate to the crimes for which the accused are found guilty, or for adequate legal representation. Badawi’s lawyer, Walid Abu al-Khair, was also jailed, effectively for the crime of representing him.
Badawi was accused of insulting Islam in his blog posts. In a country where thinking is forbidden, Badawi had expressed forbidden thoughts by questioning the nature of his society and going public with them.
Saudi Arabia has spent millions and millions of dollars in the U.S. trying to bring Sharia law into our country by bribing the government, the educational systems, and by building mosque after mosque to take hold of this country. This is a good example of this religion and why it would never be compatible with the Constitution.