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May 15 2013

Saudi Arabia Tortures, Imprisons Man for Aiding ‘Apostasy’

The Saudi government has convicted and sentenced two men for “encouraging” a young woman to convert to Christianity, sentencing them to be beaten and put in prison for the “crime” of aiding apostasy. The woman, thankfully, escaped the country.

A Saudi court jailed a Lebanese man for six years and sentenced him to 300 lashes after convicting him of encouraging a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity, local dailies reported Sunday.

The same court sentenced a Saudi man convicted in the same case to two years in prison and 200 lashes for having helped the young woman flee the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, local daily Al-Watan said…

The July 2012 case caused a stir in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic Sharia law that stipulates Muslims who convert to another religion must be sentenced to death.

The woman, known only as “the girl of Khobar”, was granted refuge in Sweden where she lives under the protection of unspecified NGOs, according to local press reports.

Barbarism at its most obvious.

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  1. 1
    pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile

    Every time a Christian points to a story such as this as an example of how awful Islam is, it always seems to sound more like they are somehow envious that they can’t do the same shit in this country.

  2. 2
    theschwa

    And this is what HUSSEIN Obama has in store for Christians in the army who evangelize, too!!!11

  3. 3
    composer99

    But wasn’t there someone who was always going on about how Ed never wrote about morally indefensible behaviour in Muslim-dominated countries?

    I am shocked – shocked, I tell you! – to find this is not the case.

  4. 4
    laurentweppe

    Barbarism at its most obvious

    This is not barbarism: a decadent monarchy using religion to justify its ongoing corrupt rule and resorting to violence to browbeat its subjects into submission is most definitely a product of civilization.

  5. 5
    grumpyoldfart

    I bet if the UN tried to intervene in Saudi Arabia, the USA would use its veto to protect its oil supply.

  6. 6
    Doug Little

    grumpy @5

    I don’t know, Saudi Arabia supplies only 8.1% of US Oil. But I’m pretty sure that the Saudi’s also own roughly 10% of US stocks but I can’t find any evidence of that (I think it was from Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911).

  7. 7
    steffp

    The Saudi wealth is overrated.
    Citing its own sources, NCB ( the Saudi National Commercial Bank) said it believes US treasuries constitute the majority of Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets of nearly $492 billion.
    China, in comparison, holds about 755 billion, Japan 768 billion.

  8. 8
    bmiller

    But Steff, China is a country of 1.3 billion people and Japan has what, 100 million? Saudi Arabia is not doing too badly for itself, isn’t it? :)

    composer99: the more common meme is that stories about barbarism in Islamic countries comes from propaganda.

  9. 9
    iangould

    “I don’t know, Saudi Arabia supplies only 8.1% of US Oil. But I’m pretty sure that the Saudi’s also own roughly 10% of US stocks but I can’t find any evidence of that (I think it was from Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911).”

    Yes but it supplies a far higher proportion of Japan and Europe’s oil.

    If Saudi oil were removed from the world market, firstly those economies would go into severe recession and secondly, the oil price (including in those countries where the US does get a lot of its imports like Venezuela and Nigeria) would likely double or triple.

  10. 10
    iangould

    “composer99: the more common meme is that stories about barbarism in Islamic countries comes from propaganda.”

    No the other meme is “…therefore all Muslims are subhuman savages and we can kill them without compunction” and it absolutely is propaganda.

  11. 11
    Ichthyic

    This is not barbarism: a decadent monarchy using religion to justify its ongoing corrupt rule and resorting to violence to browbeat its subjects into submission is most definitely a product of civilization.

    yup. they empowered their authoritarians with a specific, tailored, religious fable, and they act as the control mechanism.

    it’s classic.

    It’s why Islam even exists. Anyone can study the history of it to see it for themselves.

    less clear, but also as likely, is that the Romans molded xianity to act in exactly the same fashion.

  12. 12
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    It’s possible to aid in apostasy? Damn… I have not been trying hard enough.

  13. 13
    bmiller

    No the other meme is “…therefore all Muslims are subhuman savages and we can kill them without compunction” and it absolutely is propaganda.

    Well, that certainly IS another meme.

    It is not MY meme. And to argue that Islam is NOT fatally flawed, that Islamic countries and their populationd do not enforce horrific ideologies, either officially or through mob violence….that is problematical.

    I would imagine, except maybe for slc1 (how are the nutty theocrats assaluting women doing right now, by the way?), nobody here would advocate for that. On the other hand. I question whether we need to be giving billions of dollars, selling the latest weapons, or even kissing up to theocratic Arab states. I fall back on the original foreign policy ideal (Geoarge Washington): severely limit entanglements. Don’t try to run the world. An activity our sociopathic elites cannot get enough of, of course, but…

  14. 14
    Doug Little

    Ian Gould @10

    Yes but it supplies a far higher proportion of Japan and Europe’s oil.

    Interesting point but I mentioned the US’s slice of the pie because we might actually survive without getting oil from there if we went against them in the UN for human rights violations, which indecently would be the right and moral thing to do. I’m assuming that the Saudi’s would not stop selling oil to other markets on the strength of the US pissing them off. I’m sure that prices would rise, sometimes you have to sacrifice to do the right thing, which is of course is completely lost on the American public.

  15. 15
    dingojack

    “,,, if we went against them in the UN for human rights violations, which indecently would be the right and moral thing to do.’ [emphasis mine]

    Are you sure you agree with your own sentiments*?
    Dingo
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    * yes, I know it’s just the auto correct being ‘auto wrong’, but still…. :)

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