Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia gives man death sentence for "doubting the existence of God."

Courtesy of Middle East Eye:  

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Palestinian poet to death for renouncing his religious faith, according to documents seen by Human Rights Watch. 

Ashraf Fayadh was handed the sentence on Tuesday on charges of “doubting the existence of God,” according to court documents seen by the group’s Saudi Arabia researcher, Adam Coogle. 

Fayadh, who was born to Palestinian parents but grew up in the Gulf kingdom, was arrested by religious police in late 2013 after a reader complained that one of his books, his 2008 poetry collection Inner Teachings, could encourage people to renounce Islam. 

Fayadh, now 50, was released after a day due to lack of evidence, but was rearrested in January 2014 in the southwestern city of Abha. 

The poet was arrested in a coffee shop after watching a game of football, and was threatened with being deported to Gaza, his father told France24 at the time. 

Fayadh was initially sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes, but an appeal judge this week increased the sentence, handing down the death penalty.

Remember this is a Muslim country with whom WE have a special relationship.

In fact our former President seemed to have a crush on their former leader King Abdullah.

And our current President did not seem to have any problem cozying up to his successor King Salman.

The country has money to burn, and they send their children to some of the best schools in the world, and yet they STILL consider it reasonable to murder a man for using his critical thinking skills.

If America were really a place that respected freedom above all else, it would immediately cut ties with his back water country and tell them not to give them a call until they managed to drag themselves into the 21st century.

Is now a good time to remind everybody that fifteen of the nineteen 9-11 hijackers were Saudi nationalists?


  1. In that first week after 9/11 we spirited bin Laden's relatives back to Saudi Arabia with no questions asked at a time when no law abiding American could get on a plane anywhere, and many were struck outside the country too. We're in bed on all fours with the Saudis no matter what they do.

    1. Anonymous1:09 PM

      The Saudi's are not our friends! I wish US foreign policy reflected this fact.

      On another topic, I am looking for Najmaldeen Essam H. al-Hemsi/al-Himji who rented my Portland home, caused $3,000.00 worth of damage and unpaid rent (beyond the security deposit) and then refused to provide me with his forwarding address in New York. Without the current address, I cannot serve him court documentation in order to collect on this debt. So he is able to do this with the full protection of the Saudi cultural affairs department (that monitors Saudi students in the US). Again, US foreign policy should reflect that the Saudis are crooks, untrustworthy, racist, and above all in everything for their own benefit.

  2. 66gardeners9:20 AM

    It would seem Saudi Arabia is the nucleus of the axis of evil.

  3. Anonymous9:28 AM

    the worlds religions in three easy words, Stuck On Stupid.

    1. Anonymous10:20 AM

      Humans are Inhumane.

    2. Anonymous10:53 AM

      Spot on.

  4. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Wow! Bush and Abdullah are holding hands and walking in a field of purple flowers!

  5. Anonymous10:05 AM

    OMG Bush and Abdullah are holding hands and walking in a purple field of flowers.

  6. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Much more adorable when they kiss.

    Do they share Gog and Magog? That might be when they are kissy cutey.

  7. OT: Coming back from Burger King (I know, I know, but let me be lazy on Sunday, huh?) fetching lunch for me and my husband I was stopped at a light behind a car with a "Carson '16" bumper sticker, first one I've seen. Maybe they've since changed their minds with his dropping poll numbers, not that anybody overtaking him is any more sane.

    We're shins-deeps with teabaggers in our county. You can't count 20 license plates without hitting one of their yellow 'don't tread on mes.' We went McCain/Palin in '08, Romney/Ryan in '12, and even Cuccinelli in '13. Get me the fuck outta here. :O

  8. Anonymous10:43 AM

    This is the Saudi Arabian family I know best. They are westernized but do their culture also. I have not kissed any of them.
    Turkish and Syrian ancestry,_Chico

    Sister Samira Khashoggi was the mother of Dodi Fayed. Very nice. I know people who stayed with family in London before 9-11. They love to shop.

    1. Anonymous11:56 AM

      There is an alternate universe.


      Khashoggi helped set the trend for a certain kind of lavish lifestyle aped by so many sheiks, oil barons and oligarchs today. He hosted some of the most extravagant parties in European history and owned one of the first custom-built super yachts, which was later owned by both the Sultan of Brunei and Donald Trump.

      FAMILY MAN: When the Trump plane landed in Palm Beach, two cars were usually waiting, the first a Rolls-Royce for the adults, the second a station wagon for the children, the nannies, and a bodyguard. Occasionally, state troopers were on hand to speed the Trump motorcade along. (who pays for that?)

      The CIA, Miles Copeland, and Adnan Khashoggi

      Jane Seymour: What is your most treasured material possession?

      When, I insulted Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Queen Juliana at a 'World Wildlife Fund Fundraiser' in 1976 and I called the German born Prince, a Fascist, Nazi, bribe-taker, over the Lockheed, Adnan Khashoggi scandal that got A.K. $106,000,000 in commissions from Lockheed.. 'She protected me'!!

      Donald Trump Wanted Princess Diana to Be His "Trophy Wife," Says Former BBC Journalist Selina Scott

      Lustful Donald Trump gave Princess Di the creeps

    2. Anonymous12:20 PM

      Donald Trump: I Would ‘Absolutely’ Bring Back Waterboarding

      Superyacht "The Queen"

      Ronald Reagan & Adnan Khashoggi

    3. Anonymous2:41 PM

      Paris Hilton and Adnan

    4. Anonymous2:45 PM

      Wedding of Donald Trump and Marla Maples on December 20, 1993 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

      Inside the Party Dungeon of One of History's Biggest Arms Dealers

  9. Anonymous10:47 AM

    Women's rights, apparently, are the least of their problems.

  10. Anonymous10:52 AM

    We need to retool our economy by weaning ourselves from oil to alternative energy industries. This scares the pants off Big Oil and Big Coal and they will do anything to keep us addicted to toxic regimes and environmental destruction.

    1. Anonymous11:17 AM

      A few centuries from now all of the oil will be gone and the Saudis will return to their goatherding roots.

  11. 66gardeners11:09 AM

    This takes the cake: Paul Ryan Balks Over Blocking Gun Sales To People On Terror Watch List

    People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful military-style rifles.

    The FBI is notified when a background check for the purchase of firearms or explosives generates a match with the watch list, and agents often use that information to step up surveillance on terror suspects. Under current federal law, however, association with a terrorist organization doesn't prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives.

    About 420,000 people are on the list administered by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, though only about 2 percent of those are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents legally able to buy guns.

    The new Democratic push, which is considered unlikely to succeed in the GOP-controlled Congress, is focused on legislation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would let the attorney general compile a list of known and suspected terrorists.

    Federally licensed gun dealers would be barred from selling firearms to them, just as they are already prohibited from sales to people with felony convictions or serious mental illnesses. The proposed legislation would not prevent transactions that don't involve licensed dealers, such as those between private individuals at gun shows or many sales online, which don't currently involve background checks.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not respond directly when asked Thursday if he favored barring people on the watch list from buying guns, saying, "We are just beginning this process of reassessing all of our security stances."

    1. Anonymous11:21 AM

      Who's worried about a few lone terrorists buying guns when our Government has armed some of the most violent regimes in the middle east? Taliban, Al Quada and ISIS are all using arms that we either left behind or outright sold to them. They use crap like this to distract from the real issue, that the US and Russia have basically armed the entire Middle East.

  12. Anonymous11:15 AM

    OT-War on Christmas-WoW

  13. Anonymous11:19 AM

    I think this pretty much proves there is no god of any kind.

  14. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Unfortunately, the West has no leverage over Saudi Arabia — we need their oil too much. So, they can execute atheists and bomb Yemeni civilians, and we give them military hardware because they have the oil.

    The best thing we can do is to normalize relations with Iran so we have an alternative to Saudi Arabia in the region.

    And then we should embark on a Manhattan Project-level program to develop alternative, renewable energy sources so we can tell the Saudis to get stuffed because no one needs their oil any more.

    1. Anonymous5:51 PM

      The percentage of import oil from Saudi Arabia used by the US is pretty minor, less than 15%. Most of our oil comes from various countries of north and south America including ourselves. You should know your facts before spouting off totally incorrect information like a jackass.

  15. Anonymous5:08 PM

    That pic of Bush is Gryphens way of being homophobic.

  16. And now we see exactly what the world is going to do about this.

    Will outrage convince the Saudi's to deport him instead?

    What pressure will be applied?

    Will Obama make a call? Will he do anything?

  17. Anonymous7:28 PM

    And they talk about xtian persecution…If this were happening to a xtian, all the GOP candidates would be talking about and all of the right wing would be in a frenzy.

  18. I live here in Delaware and our University of DE has received hundreds and hundreds of Saudi men to attend our English language institute and they have a program known as ELI which finds families to host these Saudi students for several semesters. Here's the problem - they have a very disorganized system of tracking them and I know this for a fact because I participated in the housing program for about 2 years. Most students are mid 20's to early 30's and male. The do have a small percentage of women who come over but not many. When I began to realize how easily these students could move out and relocate with nobody checking their status or verifying where they went or what they were up to, I started feeling very uneasy and terminated my housing agreement. If people knew about this steady stream of Saudi men entering our country as students, they'd be very alarmed. Although, the ELI Homestay staff claimed to have very detailed background info on them, it's simply not true. I asked several of the students about the process for approval to enter the US for purposes of study, they all told me the same thing - WE didn't decide who came over - the Saudi King decided and every penny spent for their "education" was funded by him. The cultural differences they shared with me were troubling. They were Muslims and prayed 5 times per day - I asked a few of them if they ever skipped prayer and they would react with horror at the suggestion. They said the consequences would be death and they'd run their finger across their neck to demonstrate how it would be done. There were a few that I found very charming and respectful but also a few that left me very uneasy. Almost without exception, they had a very strong interest in 2 places which they visited frequently - New York and Washington. There were about 4 or 5 of them that left my home at the end of the semester and instead of returning to the Homestay office, they moved in with other Saudi students in private apartments and oftentimes moved to Maryland addresses. If the US is that casual about tracking the students it's clear why our country continues to be extremely vulnerable to another mass terrorist event. Based on what I've witnessed, I'm a hundred times more worried over our national security. These students were not innocent looking college age kids and just because they appear to be attending our universities, there's no way in hell we can say we've taken appropriate caution to prevent terrorists from using this as easy entry into our country. I'm talking HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of Saudi "students".


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