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Dec 12 2011

Kill the witch!

Religion as compassion in Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi woman has been executed for practising “witchcraft and sorcery”, the country’s interior ministry says.

A statement published by the state news agency said Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was beheaded on Monday in the northern province of Jawf.

She wasn’t stoned to death. That’s the compassion.

Amnesty says that Saudi Arabia does not actually define sorcery as a capital
offence. However, some of its conservative clerics have urged the strongest
possible punishments against fortune-tellers and faith healers as a threat to
Islam.

And we can’t have threats to Islam, because if we did, conservative clerics would be out of a job, and no longer in a position to kill people for theocratic reasons.

 

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  1. 1
    Ahab

    Brutal and disgusting. What century are these people living in!?

  2. 2
    Martyn Hughes

    Brutal and disgusting indeed…

    Britain and America should be ashamed of themselves. Saudi is an ‘ally’ afterall.

    Where’s the human rights condemnation now?

    A convenient ally more like. Makes me ashamed to be British.

  3. 3
    Jessica

    You gotta be fucking kidding me.

  4. 4
    Kristjan

    So, technically, the clerics should be killed as well? Considering that it could be said they’re fortune-tellers, since they claim to know what happens after death.

  5. 5
    Fatima

    uuummm … just a minor correction … i think she was beheaded, not that it changes the heinous nature of the act …

  6. 6
    Svlad Cjelli

    “faith healers”

    What the fuck, Saudi Arabia?! I don’t want to defend those.

  7. 7
    Fin

    It’s things like this that kind of make me wish magic was real. I’d love to see them try to behead someone who really could summon up a legion of angry witch-demons.

  8. 8
    Ophelia Benson

    Fatima – no, I know; she was beheaded. I said she was not stoned and that was “compassionate”…which was an angry pseudo-joke.

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