New Law in Saudi Arabia Labels All Atheists as Terrorists

Slate.com: No one has ever accused Saudi Arabia of being the Holland of the Middle East. You know, Holland, the country of unbridled liberalism where they encourage euthanization via legal pot brownie consumption. But, a recent report from Human Rights Watch shows new laws in Saudi Arabia have taken the country a step back and bulldozed what little public space there is for dissent in the country. The changes, predictably, come under the guise of “fighting terror.” And what’s the number one terrorist threat facing the country? Atheists, apparently.

Included under the terrorism provisions is the ban on “calling for atheist thought in any form.” That’s Article 1, in fact. It’s a rather strange headliner to the whole who-is-a-terrorist question considering atheism doesn’t historically raise many red flags in the pantheon of global terrorism. The provisions, which are almost imperceptibly broad, “create a legal framework that appears to criminalize virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism,” according to HRW.

And dissent is of rising concern in the country. Here’s why from the Independent: “The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with new found training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.”

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  1. Monarch is not guided by Allah. The remedy for all ills of the present day world is with the guided Imam of the present times i.e. Imam Mahdi a.s.
    Th Saudis and many others have denied and disregarded the person who claimed to be the Imam al Mahdi. So they will all suffer the bad effects of their denial of the truth.
    In any case, the many so-called Muslim states have not learnt any lesson from India or south Africa or Israel, how to behave and how to govern and how to establish a state on secular lines.
    If the king did not allow freedom and work towards secularism, there is bound to be conflict and downfall, (sooner or later). Islam does not need any politics or political power for its survival.

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