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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Saudi Man Sentenced

Mohammad al-Harbi has been sentenced to jail and flogging, apparently for being too ecumenical towards Jews.

RIYADH (Reuters) - A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a teacher to 40 months in jail and 750 lashes for "mocking religion" after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.
Al-Madina newspaper said secondary school teacher Mohammad al-Harbi will be flogged in public after he was taken to court by his colleagues and students.
He was charged with promoting a "dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, discussing the gospel and preventing students from leaving class to wash for prayer", the newspaper said. It gave no more details.
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, strictly upholds the austere Wahhabi school of Islam and bases its constitution on the Koran and the sayings of Prophet Mohammad. Public practice of any other religion is banned.
A U.S. State Department report criticised Saudi Arabia last week, saying religious freedoms "are denied to all but those who adhere to the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam".
The newspaper said Harbi will appeal against the verdict.

1 comment:

Bernard Brandt said...

One should hope that the lashes will be administered in installments: forty lashes (even done without studs at the end of the lashes which tear flesh) are sufficient to render a strong man or woman unconscious from pain.

And I am in entire agreement with the more retrograde in Spain who said that mosques shall be erected again in Cordoba when churches and synagogues can be built in Riyadh.