Saudi blogger faces more lashes. Is Euro prez Schultz fit to govern?

Last I heard, as of October 19, 2016, at BBC:

A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened.

Saddened, doubtless, but is Schulz fit to govern if he is “shocked”?

This Reuters header says it all:  U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi to halt flogging, amputations

When one is reduced to depending on the UN, that may be even worse than depending on the Eurocrats. Brexit happened not a moment too soon… Provided, that is, it becomes possible to speak honestly in England again.

The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” online.

There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since.

Mouse under the cat’s paw…

Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who fled to the Canadian province of Quebec with the couple’s three children in 2012 following an attempt on her husband’s life, told Deutsche Welle on Tuesday: “I was totally shocked by the news. I’m worried and scared that they’ll carrying on whipping him.” More.

Reality check: It’s all our fault, of course, for not understanding and admiring Islam.

And remember, globalization does not mean bringing civil liberties to unfree nations; it means averaging them between formerly free and unfree.  So the safety of all of us depends on the clued-in-ness of people like President Schultz and his North American counterparts.

It won’t be too long before the Sakharov Prize become dangerous to accept. If it isn’t now – unless, of course, one is just writing worthy but dismissible drivel. Which is probably where the Prize is headed.

Civil libertarians, especially writers and other intellectuals, often pretend to see artistic merit in whatever form of human expression is threatened by the prosecutor or the censor. Frankly, I have never felt the need for that. It is not necessary to defend people’s tastes or views in order to defend their right to have and express them. – George Jonas, “Throwing the Book at Pages” (1985)

See also: Free speech an offence at historic Tufts U. But Tufts isn’t allowed to use torture.

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