Sunday, January 11, 2015

Real Muslims

Are the Saudis Muslims? | Power Line: "I wrote here about the silliness of the commonly-expressed view that Islamic terrorists can’t be *real* Muslims, and shouldn’t be referred to as such, since Islam is a religion of peace. I don’t suppose anyone would deny, however, that the Saudis are real Muslims. Thus, this story from Saudi Arabia is illuminating, even though it is not about terrorism. Raif Badawi is a Saudi blogger who had a web site called the “Liberal Saudi Network.” He criticized the Saudi regime and advocated free speech. In 2012, he was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including apostasy and insulting Islam. He was lucky: the apostasy charge, which carried the death penalty, was dropped. Instead, he was sentenced to ten years in prison–the original sentence was only seven years, but it was increased on appeal–a $266,000 fine, and 1,000 lashes."