Saudi 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.
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?