Poet’s death sentence ‘ISIS-like’

2015-11-26_06-53-27.pngSaudi Arabia’s justice ministry plans to sue a Twitter user who compared the death sentence handed down on Friday to a Palestinian poet to the punishments meted out by Islamic State, a major government-aligned newspaper reported on Wednesday….

In January, liberal writer Raif Badawi was flogged 50 times after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for blasphemy last year, prompting an international outcry. Badawi remains in prison, but diplomats say he is unlikely to be flogged again.

In 2014, a Saudi court in Riyadh sentenced three lawyers to up to eight years in jail after they criticized the justice ministry on Twitter.

SOURCE:  Saudis to sue Twitter user who called poet’s death sentence ‘ISIS-like’ | Reuters.

I know I am looking at this story with “western eyes” and don’t understand that Middle East politics is radically different from us but I kind of agree with the “ISIS-like” comment. When religious clerics can hand out death sentences because of what someone says instead of what they do it seems horribly brutal to me. Is Islam’s hold on their members so tenuous that they have to take such extreme measures to keep them in line?

I know that Saudi Arabia is one of our biggest allies in that region of the world. I can’t really understand that given the things they do? We supply them with millions of dollars of weapons each year, Will they use them on their own people if too many of them say the wrong things, or maybe on us when we finally come to our senses about their archaic practices?

I will come right out and say it that I think Islamic law is completely out of touch with my perceived views of the world and particularly in regard to human rights. How can we support governments that are so radically opposite in the human rights arena from our own?





  1. If Saudi Arabia had a democratic election they would most likely become a fundamentalist Islamic state run by Clerics very unfriendly to the West. Why did the majority of the 9/11 terrorists come from Saudi Arabia? The US Government does not want a democratic Saudi Arabia. They want the Royal family to continue to suppress their people’s desires. It is all about money and the amount of oil they supply the World economy. If the US wanted to do the morally correct thing we would not support the Saudis and we would close all military bases in that country. Rarely in our lifetimes has the US government based international decisions on morality. It is always based on money and control. Then again we must remember that the Government represents we the people. I doubt that the majority of Americans care what happens in Saudi Arabia as long as it does not cause the price of gasoline to go up. We have the Government we deserve.


    1. Thanks for the comments. Yeah I agree that a lot of it is about oil. I am trying to be an optimist here and say that in the not too distant future the world will no longer be so dependent on oil as an energy source. Maybe then we can start thinking more morally instead of about our personal needs.

      We do get the government we deserve and that scares me more about the near future than what we have now given our current presidential choices. Will the Republicans pick one of their crazies and will only candidate on the other side be the “I deserve it” Hillary. Give me Bernie Sanders but I know too many in this country are not yet ready for his solutions any more than we are ready to learn lessons from the rest of the world… lessons like universal healthcare and sanity in their military budgets…


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