|THIS IS WHAT AN INSULTED GRAND MUFTI LOOKS LIKE|
Remind me again why we like these guys? Oh yeah, they have all that oil and ... what else is there really.
You do have to give the family Saud credit, they know how to manipulate everyone and anyone with the best of them. I guess the best demonstration of that was the way all those Saudis religious nuts flew those planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the ground and the USA declared war on Iraq and blamed Iran. That's a neat trick.
Oh, remember when the USA about the same time suddenly discovered a concern for the way the Taliban treated women and fundamentalist religious theocracies in general. Well, no one treats women much worse then Saudi Arabia and no country is more of a theocracy then Saudi Arabia.
Still there isn't an American President, living or dead, who has ever shown any concern about much of anything going on in the desert Kingdom...as long as the black gold flows...
I guess I shouldn't be holding my breath for the American government to speak up on behalf of press freedom, internet freedom, or dissent from religious oppression now. Surely not because "our" ally has jailed a Saudi national by the name of Ra'if Badawi who just happens to run a website that ran a post that asked, as Court documents show, "...is God unjust?", and made a sarcastic remarks about the Saudi religious police and a senior scholar, and ran another post that asked, "why is Saudi's Grand Mufti blind?"
Whew, I'd lock up a dangerous radical like that the guy, too. After all, as the Saudi theocrats point out that website of Ra'if's, "harms the public order and violates Islamic values"."
How did he do that again? Ahram OnLine has the answer:
"He did that by setting up a website that harms the public order and violates Islamic values, including insulting the divine being and attacking some religious icons such as the Grand Mufti," a document from the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution showed.
Did I mention that the Saudi's also say Badawi disobeyed his father.
Human Rights Watch reports that if Badawi is convicted of these horrible offenses he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to three million riyals ($800,000).
By the way, the website, Badawi operates is named, "Free Saudi Liberals."
The Ma'an News Agency meanwhile reports:
Funny how the real Empire works some days, isn't it?
The following is from The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.
Saudi Arabia: Free Editor Held Under Cybercrime Law
(Beirut) – Saudi authorities should drop charges and release the editor of the Free Saudi Liberalswebsite for violating his right to freedom of expression on matters of religion and religious figures. Prosecutors have charged Ra’if Badawi under the 2007 Anti-Cybercrime law, alleging that his website “infringes on religious values” by providing a platform for open debate of views on religion and religious figures.