Apr 1, 2014

Atheism Is As Bad as Terrorism

Linked lovingly from the State of Britain
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is going full in: they have enacted some new laws that declare not believing is equivalent to terrorism. 

According to Human Rights Watch:
The interior ministry regulations [introduced over the last three months] include … sweeping provisions that authorities can use to criminalize virtually any expression or association critical of the government and its understanding of Islam. These “terrorism” provisions include the following:
Article 1: “Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.
You're going to have a bad day in Saudi Arabia even if you’re not an atheist or a dissident, but merely think that people must be allowed to be left alone to stew in their own lack of faith. Expressing sympathy or support for folks who don't believe is now also a crime:
Article 4: “Anyone who aids [“terrorist”] organizations, groups, currents [of thought], associations, or parties, or demonstrates affiliation with them, or sympathy with them, or promotes them, or holds meetings under their umbrella, either inside or outside the kingdom; this includes participation in audio, written, or visual media; social media in its audio, written, or visual forms; internet websites; or circulating their contents in any form, or using slogans of these groups and currents [of thought], or any symbols which point to support or sympathy with them.”
Brian Whitaker at al-bab.com explains:
Since the entire system of government is based on Wahhabi interpretations of Islam, non-believers are assumed to be enemies of the Saudi state.

Remind me not to visit Saudi Arabia. Ever. On the bright side, I've never flown an airplane full of hostages into iconic New York buildings... or organized a Crusade, or a Children's Crusade... or any of these terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia

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