“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” said Barack Obama. America, behold your future.
“7 years jail, 600 lashes for Saudi rights activist, lawyer says,” from AFP, July 29:
A Saudi court sentenced on Monday a rights activist to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a “liberal” network and alleged insults to Islam, activists said.
“Raef Badawi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes,” lawyer Waleed Abualkhair wrote on his Twitter account, adding that the judge ordered the closure of the website of the Saudi Liberal Network.
He said Badawi, a co-founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, was charged with criticizing the religious police, as well as calling for “religious liberalization”.
A judge had referred Badawi in December to a higher court for alleged apostasy, a charge that could lead to the death penalty in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
The death penalty for apostasy is not just an “ultra-conservative” Saudi law. It is taught by all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, based on commands attributed to Muhammad. For AFP and the rest of the mainstream media, you’re “ultra-conservative” if you favor Sharia, and “far-right” if you oppose it.