Surrounded by a cheering crowd

Der Spiegel is running a letter from Raif Badawi tomorrow, the Guardian reports today.

Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has written in his first letter from prison of how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes”, part of his sentence for “insulting Islam”, a German news weekly has said.

Badawi, 31, recalled that he was “surrounded by a cheering crowd who cried incessantly ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest)” during the whipping, according to a pre-released article from Der Spiegel’s edition to be published on Saturday.

That’s so disgusting. The cheering is disgusting, the praise of the celestial bully is disgusting, the apparent belief that the celestial bully fully approves of the sadistic unmerited punishment is disgusting. It’s all disgusting.

It’s foul. “Our god hates you! We’re thrilled that you’re being whipped! We love each one of the fifty blows on your naked back! Yay! We love that one! And that one! And that one! God hates you, we hate you, we’re ecstatic that you’re being given pain and that we get to watch it! Hooray hooray hooray! God is lovely! And merciful!”

“All this cruel suffering happened to me because I expressed my opinion,” Badawi is quoted as writing in what Der Spiegel said was his first letter from prison since he was jailed in 2012.

“He’s in a poor condition,” his wife Ensaf Haidar was quoted as saying. “He suffers from high blood pressure but above all he is mentally very stressed.”

Saudi Arabia in early March dismissed criticism of its flogging of Badawi and “strongly denounced the media campaign around the case”.

Saudi Arabia is a rotten stinking carcass.


  1. Blanche Quizno says

    Really, it’s just like how hangings and lynchings used to be the excuse for an outing and a picnic with the family!

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