December 26, 2013

In Saudi Arabia Man Faces Death For Liking Arab Christians

1000 years ago Saudi Arabians ran around chopping each other's heads off just like the head hunting savages of New Guinea.

Today the head hunting savages of New Guinea have advanced, Saudi Arabia? Not so much.

An online activist in Saudi Arabia whose views angered religious conservatives is threatened with apostasy charges that could result in his execution, CNN reports.

Raif Badawi, former editor of the "Saudi Arabian Liberals" website, is already serving a seven-year jail sentence but a judge has now recommended that he be tried for apostasy, according to his wife.

...A year ago, at a hearing before Jeddah District Court, a judge reportedly ordered Badawi to "repent to God". When he refused, the judge referred the case to a higher court, recommending that it try Badawi for apostasy. Part of the evidence for Badawi's supposed apostasy was that he had pressed the "Like" button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians.

The threat of execution appeared to be lifted in January when a court rejected the apostasy charge, but it now appears to have been revived.

By Howie at 10:19 AM | Comments |