Top US academic: ‘Let me be lashed instead of Saudi blogger’

Academics who hve volunteered to takes the lashes for Raif Badawi, clockwise from top left; Robert P George, Hannah Rosenthal, Mary Ann Glendon and Zuhdi Jasser

A group of top American intellectuals have volunteered to “take” the 1,000 lash sentence imposed by the Saudi government on a prominent liberal blogger.

In a remarkable intervention on behalf of Raif Badawi, who received the sentence for insulting his country’s hardline Islamic clerics, seven US academics have agreed to take the flogging for him.

The move, which follows widespread international outrage at the sentence, is being led by Robert P George, a leading professor at Princeton University and vice-chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

In an email to The Christian Post newspaper, Professor George said: “Together with six colleagues on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, I sent a letter to the Saudi Ambassador to the US calling on the Saudi government to stop the horrific torture of Raif Badawi — an advocate of religious freedom and freedom of expression in the Saudi Kingdom.”

“If the Saudi government refuses, we each asked to take 100 of Mr. Badawi’s lashes so that we could suffer with him. The seven of us include Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, Christians, Jews, and a Muslim”…

Saudi Arabia will not be impressed. The royal family is afraid its own Islamoloons.

  • Ron MacDonald

    How brave of them considering they know there’s no chance in Hell they will be asked to stand in for him.

  • DD_Austin

    An offer they know they can refuse
    An offer they know will be refused

    What worthless human extrement

  • TotallyPeeved

    Just read the top koranimal in saudi died. Yeah, one less pisslamic in the world.

  • Stronger Than Dirt

    Blowhards would screaming for momma after the first 5 lashes

    • dukestreet

      They’d start screaming after the first lash. Thins is as worthwhile and effective as the twittervirse “I am…” campaigns.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Saudis should call their bluffs and offer to let them divide up the lashes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I will personally cut their heads off with bandolier wire if that would make them feel good.

  • Clausewitz

    Put up or shut up. Yeah. Thought so.

  • Canadian