Saudi court upholds blogger’s 10 years and 1,000 lashes

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The hypocrites say, “If we return to Medina, the one most honorable will surely drive out therefrom the one most mean (‘Muhammad’);” while true honor belongs to Allah and to His Messenger and the believers; but the hypocrites know not. (Al Quran 63:9)

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Source: BBC

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry.

Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told news agency AFP, “this is a final decision that is irrevocable.”

In March, the kingdom expressed “surprise and dismay” at international criticism over the punishment.

At the time, the foreign ministry issued a statement saying it rejected interference in its internal affairs.

In 2012, Badawi was arrested and charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.

For four years he had been running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate on religious and political issues.

Saudi authorities sent his case for review as global pressure to free Badawi mounted.

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  1. It seems blasphemy is often like “beauty,” and is in the eye of the beholder. Let us not punish it. We should only prosecute crimes against law and order and national security.

    Blasphemy laws ware a tool among the medievals to rule. There is no need for these in the modern governance.

    But, as individuals we do not need to blaspheme just because we can. Just like, for every thing else in life, we need a risk benefit analysis for our worldly life and the Hereafter, before we choose to “blaspheme.”

    The more we learn about the blasphemy laws, the more we realize that these are only meant to serve the political elite by creating a pseudo-theocracy to create an emotional appeal for the headless masses. There is no advantage to the religion or common man from such laws.