Raif Badawi (photos from 360nobs.com via Yahoo) made a terrible mistake in judgement. He actually believed that in Saudi Arabia, or in any Sharia-compliant state for that matter, the politics and tenets of Islam’s authority could somehow be publicly debated and opened up to a blogging forum. The Independent has the report, which relates that Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes in public and ten years in prison:
The King of Saudi Arabia is to refer the case of blogger and activist Raif Badawi’s to the Supreme Court, his wife has told BBC News.
Any bets on how much mercy will be forthcoming from the Supreme Court? Ah, that’s the Saudi Supreme Court, not the Supreme Court of the United States, folks.
His wife Ensaf Haidar – who is living in Canada with their three children – said the decision has given him hope that the authorities want to withdraw his punshiment, following an international outcry.
Her comments come after Saudi authorities postponed Badawi’s second round of public flogging for a week, citing medical reasons, according to a leading human rights group Amnesty International, the Associated Press reported.
In May last year, authorities sentenced Badawi, 31, to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after he used his liberal blog to criticise Saudi Arabia’s powerful clerics. The Jiddah Criminal Court also ordered he pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (£175,700).
He set up the Liberal Saudi Network website in 2008, to encourage debate on religious and political matters.
Sounds like a blasphemy case to me. Anyone know the penalty for blasphemy in Islam? Death.
Both the US State Department and the UN high commissioner for human rights have called on authorities in Saudi Arabia to cancel the punishment.
Ah, the U.S. State Department. The one under John Kerry – the same John Kerry whose answer for the violent, deadly, jihad problem in France was to haul ’70s soft rock star James Taylor and his guitar in to sing “Just Call Out My Name.” I’m sure the powers that be in the Saudi government will be receptive and obedient to any and all calls for clemency from our State Department. But I won’t hold my breath. If you want to hold yours, be my guest.
Last Friday, Mr Badawi’s was flogged in public for the first time, before dozens of people in the Red Sea city of Jiddah. The father of three was taken to a public square, whipped on his back and legs, and taken back to prison.
If you’re one of the uninitiated regarding Islam, floggings are a regular entree on the Sharia menu of Hadd punishments.
Rights groups and activists believe his case is part of a wider clampdown on dissent in the kingdom.
Ah. A clampdown in dissent. Nothing to do with Islam’s law and practice, right?
Amnesty International said authorities delayed administering 50 lashings to Raif Badawi, set to take place today after midday prayers, because his wounds from last week’s flogging had not yet healed properly and he would not be able to withstand another round.
One-thousand lashes is pretty much a death sentence, folks. An agonizing, tortured death.
Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme said the postponement exposes the “utter brutality” of the punishment, and its “outrageous inhumanity.”
“The notion that Raif Badawi must be allowed to heal so that he can suffer this cruel punishment again and again is macabre and outrageous. Flogging should not be carried out under any circumstances,” said [Boumedouha?].
“Flogging is prohibited under international law along with other forms of corporal punishment. His flogging appears to have been postponed for now but there is no way of knowing whether Saudi Arabia’s authorities will fully comply with the doctor’s advice. Raif Badawi is still at immediate risk,” he added.
Ah, but the followers of Muhammad believe that Muslim law is supreme over all other forms of law. Read the Quran and the Hadithe. So, tell me again why it is that the leaders of what is supposedly the freest, greatest nation on God’s Earth continue to pay homage to the despot who leads one of the most cruel and repressive. Anyone? Did I miss something here? And to think that there are many Muslims who want to replace our Constitutional form of governance with what is depicted above – not to mention the hundreds of our so-called elected political leaders who are blindly, absolutely clueless about what is coming down the tracks. It can’t happen here. Can it?