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Saudi Journalist Jailed for Twitter Blasphemy

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Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg once said that there will always be good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things, but for good people to do evil things, it takes religion. The jailing and possible death sentence of Hamza Kashgari is a perfect illustration of this point.

On the birthday of the prophet Mohamed, Kashgari tweeted a poem expressing his feelings that Mohammed was to be admired, but did not have any supernatural powers. He was met with thousands of vitriolic replies, and eventually, arrested.

Saudi Arabia operates under Sharia law, an archaic and disgusting system of governance that allows for beheading, arbitrary stonings, “honor” killings and profuse misogyny. Because Kashgari tweeted his poem, and expressed his most basic human right to speech and thought, he now faces death by stoning.

It’s despicable that such an utterance could still be made in 2012. But it isn’t uncommon. Last year a video emerged of an Afghan woman being stoned to death for trying to evade a forced marriage. This is the type of thing that theocracies bring about: foulness of the highest order.

It’s just one more reason why religion and government should not ever be mixed.

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Written by kolchak

February 11, 2012 at 4:57 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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