Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Execution based on Sorcery Charges

by Salman Hameed

This is simply insane. It is sometimes really hard to maintain perspective on issues related to religion, politics, and science. Just this past Sunday I had a post about Islamophobia in the US and the utter idiocy of  a conservative US group that is upset about the "normal" portrayal of Muslims in the reality show All-Ameircan Muslims. But then, just to provide fodder for the bigots, Saudi Arabia decides to execute a woman on sorcery charges. Again - a woman has been killed in Saudi Arabia in the 21st century because of charges of practicing sorcery!

Saudi authorities have executed a woman convicted of practising magic and sorcery.
The Saudi interior ministry said in a statement that the execution had taken place on Monday, but gave no details of the woman's crime.
The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, the chief of the religious police who arrested the woman, as saying she had tricked people into thinking she could treat illnesses, charging them $800 a session.
The paper said a female investigator followed up the case, and the woman was arrested in April 2009 and later convicted in a Saudi court.
Shame on Saudi Arabia! This is not just simple idiocy. This is dangerous lunacy and people are paying the price with their lives. The problem is that this is not the first time. Here are some earlier posts related to other sorcery charges:

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Evolution gone wrong in Saudi Arabia

Anon said...

I am not surprised. These are the fucking baboons who think driving will cause women to loose their virginity. /ENDRANT

AYDIN Ă–RSTAN said...

There you have it. Islam at its best.

Salman Hameed said...

Aydin,

This is precisely the wrong critique and provides fuel for Islamophobic bigots. We can also say that organization arguing against All-American Muslims is US, or take any sliver of example and generalize to the whole population without taking into account any counter-examples nor the specifics. The fact that Saudi Arabia doesn't allow women to drive should be criticized vociferously, but it should be understood that this is the context of Saudi Arabia - and not Islam - as 99% of Muslim countries have no problem with women drivers nor do they execute people on sorcery charges.

Anon said...

Salman is right. Islam alone cannot be blamed. Saudi Arabia has the most barbaric laws and uses Islam as a mask to carry out these laws. The majority of Muslims don't believe in the barbaric practices of Saudi Arabia.

Atif Khan said...

Agree with Anonymous here.