Going for a new record

Saudi Arabia is working hard at being more horrible this year than it was last year. Every day in every way it gets worser and worser. The Telegraph reports via AFP:

A man convicted of murder was beheaded in the Saudi capital on Monday, amid a steep rise in the number of executions in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom this year.

The beheading of Saad bin Abdullah al-Jadid, who had shot dead fellow Saudi Abdullah bin Faraj al-Gahtani, took to 45 the number of executions since January 1, according to an AFP count.

I’m an American, so I have nothing to boast of. We execute lots of people too, and sometimes we fry them for an extended period before we manage to achieve death. But I’m pointing a finger at Saudi Arabia anyway.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s version of Sharia Islamic law.

Earlier this month, it was reported Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashesafter being convicted of insulting Islam, could face death by beheading, according to his family.

The case attracted worldwide condemnation when he was publicly flogged in January. His family said they have been told he is to be tried for apostasy.

At least we don’t execute people for “apostasy.”


  1. RJW says

    The U.S. might have a better record than a certain primitive tribal theocracy, however let’s compare apples with apples, most Western liberal democracies haven’t executed any criminals for at least, half a century.

  2. Sea Monster says

    Well you don’t execute anyone for apostasy yet. I’m get the feeling some of your conservative evangelicals would like too.

  3. sonofrojblake says

    At least we don’t execute people for “apostasy.”

    Is Saudi Arabia anywhere near as racist as the US when it comes to the application of the death penalty?

  4. sacharissa says

    I see no problem with you criticising Saudi Arabia for executions if you also oppose the death penalty in the USA.

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