Sunday, 13 December 2015

Saudi Arabia defines all atheists as terrorists

Saudi Arabia, that country well known for it's human rights record and has been rewarded by fellow dictators with a seat on the United Nations Human Rights commission has decided to take another step towards suppressing dissent. This time it's "atheists" that are the target of the barbaric regimes ire.

The Independent reports:

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order".

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with new found training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises "participating in hostilities outside the kingdom" with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said.

However despite appearing to cover actual "terrorism" the Saudis include in this definition:

"calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based".

In other words all dissent both religious and political, even peacefully expressed is defined as a threat to the totalitarian Wahhabi regime.

No doubt this will be extended to those calling for women's rights as Saudi Arabia is the worlds last remaining apartheid state where women are under their backward theology not just second class citizens, but mere chattles of their men.

Not allowed to drive the recent election is just smoke and mirrors in an attempt to deflect criticism of their medievalism.

The Huffington Post recalls the background to the theological basis of the Saudi regime:

One dominant strand to the Saudi identity pertains directly to Muhammad ibn ╩┐Abd al-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical, exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud.

During the Saudis rise to nationhood a "cultural revolution" took place under King Abd-al Aziz

It was a revolution based on Abd al-Wahhab's Jacobin-like hatred for the putrescence and deviationism that he perceived all about him -- hence his call to purge Islam of all its heresies and idolatries.

Sounding familiar?

Under the takfiri doctrine, Abd al-Wahhab and his followers could deem fellow Muslims infidels should they engage in activities that in any way could be said to encroach on the sovereignty of the absolute Authority (that is, the King). Abd al-Wahhab denounced all Muslims who honored the dead, saints, or angels. He held that such sentiments detracted from the complete subservience one must feel towards God, and only God. Wahhabi Islam thus bans any prayer to saints and dead loved ones, pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the honoring of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's birthday, and even prohibits the use of gravestones when burying the dead.

Just like ISIS:

Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shiite, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all.

And to think the Saudis threaten to sue anyone on Twitter who compares their country to ISIS.

Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. The Independent reported back in April last year that:

Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway's human rights record, accusing the country of failing to protect its Muslim citizens and not doing enough to counter criticism of the prophet Mohammed.

The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway.

Actually there are around 52 Islamic nations seeking to make blasphemy a world wide crime.

Saudi Arabia brooks no other religion to be practised in it's country and the lives of religious minorities in most, if not all Islamic countries are constantly oppressed or worse.

So much for "no compulsion" in religion as their prophet is supposed to have written in the Koran. Along with many contradictory passages it has to be said, just like the Bible and probably every other "holy" book foisted on the masses by the clerics of multiple faiths.

Atheism is a threat to these bigots because it allows for the one thing they are really afraid of. 

Free thinking.

And that leads to free speech, expression and democracy.

One day all mankind will see through these various false "gods" and the power of the clerics and Kings will fall. 

1 comment:

  1. So should the West take a harder line with Saudi Arabia or not?