Friday, January 9, 2015

The New Yorker

By Robin Wright      
 Saudi Arabia condemned the Charlie Hebdo attack, then sentenced a young blogger to a flogging -- 1,000 lashes, to be precise -- for commentary on religion with a sarcastic tone. Raif Badawi dared to mock religious police for patrolling candy stores and flower shops in search of people celebrating Valentine's Day in attempt to stop infidel celebration of Valentine's Day. He called for religious tolerance of other faiths, all banned in the kingdom. He got the first 50 lashes today. He gets another 50 lashes every week for the next 19 weeks, plus 10 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine. Heinous punishment.      
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