Sunday, March 16, 2008

Our friends the Saudis, new fatwa for writers.

Reuters reports:

"Saudi Arabia's most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their 'heretical articles' and put to death if they do not repent. Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak was responding to recent articles in al-Riyadh newspaper that questioned the Sunni Muslim view in Saudi Arabia that adherents of other faiths should be considered unbelievers. 'Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam,' said the fatwa, or religious opinion, dated March 14 and published on Barrak's Web site."
Well, so what else is new, right? They already behead women in public for being witches and lock up bloggers for expressing their opinions, so issuing fatwas for killing writers is pretty much par for the course, right?


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