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Old February 14, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Default Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about Muhammad

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/13/hamza-kashgari/

The internal battle for freedom in Saudi Arabia continues.
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Old February 14, 2012, 11:42 AM
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By Myriam Francois-Cerrah from The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/myri...b_1271892.html

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We shouldn't be duped by the feigned umbrage - the masquerade of religious offence is a poorly constructed artifice to continue to limit the basic human rights of Saudi nationals, including freedom of speech and gender equality. Fostering a climate of fear and oppression is the best guarantee of compliance and Islam is traditional rallying cry for the masses, ensuring public support at a time of broader upheaval.

The Monarchy is particularly concerned about dissent at a time where the region has been rocked by protests which have seen longstanding despots ousted and others relinquishing political concessions to avoid instability. One of Hamza's tweets was an acerbic critique of the hornets' nest of the status of women in the kingdom, which the monarchy is keen not to see stirred up, particularly in the wake of the on-going campaign by Saudi women to challenge a longstanding driving ban. It is entirely likely that Hamza's tweet that "No Saudi women will go to hell, because it's impossible to go there twice" along with his broader critiques of the regime, are at the real root of the government's fury.

Saudi Arabia loves to present itself as the defender of Islam and justifies much of its unacceptable legal and political repression through the prism of religious exceptionalism. The reality is that fewer and fewer Muslims look to Saudi Arabia as reflection of Islamic values and many more support the young generation of Saudis' struggle for basic human rights.

The current controversy is an opportunistic attempt to rouse Islamic sentiment for a profoundly illegitimate dictatorship, whose shameful abuses of power cannot and should not be masked by the ill-fitting 'defence of Islam'. All Muslims love and believe in honouring Prophet Mohamed and the best possible way to reflect that love it to uphold the model of tolerance and mercy which he preached.

If Saudi Arabia executes Hamza, it will be in the name of perpetuating its fundamentally un-islamic political oppression and nothing to do with the compassionate model of the Prophet, whose name they claim to be acting upon.
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Old February 14, 2012, 09:47 PM
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Writing on the Prophet’s birthday, he said he “loved the rebel in you” and he “loved some aspects of you, hated others.”
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“The only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists,” commented Abu Abdulrahman, an online reader of al-Madina newspaper.

Abdul-Aziz Khoja, the Saudi Information Minister, responded to the incident via Twitter.

“When I read what he posted, I wept and got very angry that someone in the country of the Two Holy Mosques attacks our Prophet in a manner that does not fit a Muslim.

“I have given instructions to ban him from writing for any Saudi newspaper or magazine, and there will be legal measures to guarantee that.”



Meh...he made his bed, disgusting country, full of disgusting people.
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Who knows , I mean actually knows enough of the prophet to say anything?
The truth makes you mute, not verbose.
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Old February 15, 2012, 08:18 PM
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Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about Muhammad
May Allah forgive your sins and when you burn in hell may the fire not hurt you that much bro.
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Old February 16, 2012, 12:01 AM
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Disgusted with Saudi Arabia...
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Old February 16, 2012, 12:12 AM
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Disgusted with Saudi Arabia...
Saudis are not alone.
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Old February 16, 2012, 12:14 AM
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Disgusted with Saudi Arabia...
And with Malaysia.

There are similar fanatics in Bangladesh too. While I think Taslima Nasreen is a rabble-rouser with no literary provenance (her claim to fame or infamy was pushing hot buttons), she did not deserve to be hounded out of Bangladesh. But then again - her latest book was released without fanfare (or fanning the fire) in Dhaka at the Ekushe Boi Bela while Kolkata could not.

At least the fanatics are a minority and thankfully is not on power.
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And with Malaysia.

There are similar fanatics in Bangladesh too. While I think Taslima Nasreen is a rabble-rouser with no literary provenance (her claim to fame or infamy was pushing hot buttons), she did not deserve to be hounded out of Bangladesh. But then again - her latest book was released without fanfare (or fanning the fire) in Dhaka at the Ekushe Boi Bela while Kolkata could not.

At least the fanatics are a minority and thankfully is not on power.
On ATN Bangla and ATN News they even did a 5 minute run down on her and Salman Rushdie.

Tolerance - :thumbsup:

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Couldn't care less about the blogger, but perhaps if Saudi Arabia actually the time to practice the teachings of their purported religion, they'd be better respected.
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KSA is among the countries that are furthest from our beloved Prophet's teachings. Monarchy is against his sunnah. He fought his entire life against oppression. Which country is among the worst in term of human rights? KSA and Israel (for non-jewish citizens) would rank very high. So would Syria and Iran, I guess...
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Muslims getting their panties in a bunch, nothing new, shame on Malaysia for deporting him.
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