Monday, February 13, 2012

Saudi Journalist Facing Blasphemy Charges

In what can only be described as thin-skinned, intellectually bankrupt, religious whining; a Saudi Journalist has been deported back to Saudi Arabia on blasphemy charges. Human Rights Watch has stated that Hamza can expect to face almost certain conviction and a death sentence on charges of apostasy.”

via Religion Clause

The New York Times reported yesterday that Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari was stopped by Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur airport on Thursday and was deported back to Saudi Arabia at the request of the Saudi king where the journalist will face blasphemy charges. The journalist has angered Saudis by writing in a series of tweets on Twitter about an imaginary meeting with the Prophet Muhammad. The Daily Beast quotes some of the tweets. Human Rights Watch says that Kashgari will face a possible death sentence in Saudi Arabia. Kashgari was attempting to fly on to New Zealand when he was detained. A lawyer hired by Kashgari's family obtained an order from a Malaysian court on Sunday that would stop Kashgari's deportation, but the lawyer discovered that Kashgari had by then already been returned to the Saudis on a private Saudi jet.

What did the offending tweets consist of? Hamza basically had a conversation with “Muhammad” regarding his relationship with “the prophet” on the anniversary of “his” birthday. I have to say...I thought it was pretty innocuous, but I guess that’s my blasphemer's tongue speaking. Oh, and by the fact that I am not religious lunatic, hellbent on protecting my Almighty, omniscient deity because of some words.

“On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.”

“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.”

“On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”

Just awful stuff, right? Worthy of death. For this “crime” Hamza can expect a beheading. That’s not hyperbole, by the way. They’ll cut his head off.


Andrew Hall said...

This is simply insane. I wonder if Amnesty International is doing something about this case.