Saudi Arabia sentences a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of social media posts.

The report carried in Al-Watan says the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The report did not name the man.

  • Dana Garcia

    Nice how Saudis represent allah the merciful.

    • pdxnag

      The more barbaric and cruel the more likely that others will get the message and not commit the evil of objecting. See, merciful.

      (Maybe if we were to think of them as evil elephant trainers, traumatizing their captives?)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It’s only going to get worse as they start to run out of money.
        Should be some good deals on North American companies as they start to divest themselves of their investments.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          A chunk of Fox News may come up for grabs.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            It explains a lot of the failure of al gizz eera.
            Why are arab names so ripe for mockery?

          • DavidinNorthBurnaby

            Because everything Arab is so ripe for mockery?

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    These savages are our friends and allies, right? While they’re lashing atheists, hanging homos and such. It wouldn’t be about the oil would it?

  • Kaye1992

    Brave guy. And here in the West we seem all too ready to casually toss our freedom of speech away without much fight. Sad.

  • ontario john

    Another great day for Trudeau’s favorite religion.

  • P Haber

    What happened to the frequently quoted Koranic verse of “No compulsion in religion” ?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Mo was lying. Did quite a lot of that.

  • Xavier

    They are our friends and would never dream of doing this to us.

  • Where is Richard Dawkins on this?

    • Jabberwokk

      Probably not at all happy about it. Ironically he paid Christianity a veiled compliment as a lesser evil that protects do city from “something worse”. Don’t worry the good the good Doctor is coming around.

      • No, I think he is as thick as ever.

        • Jabberwokk

          Hey I’m Trying to be a little positive here 😛

  • terrence

    Another article linked to on the same page, says that Soodie Arabiah will run out of water in about 13 years – hopefully sooner, much sooner. Then we can sell them water for hundreds of dollars a barrel.

  • Gary

    But remember, the saudi’s have NOTHING to do with islam just as ISIS and hamas have NOTHING to do with islam .

  • Jabberwokk

    Silver Lining: I’ve made some atheist friends. They still don’t like my sky fairy beliefs and i still make fun of them for being overgrown baboons but there’s at last so.e common ground being reached. Nothing like a common enemy and the threat of extiction to put things in perspective.