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 ʿAbd al-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical, exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud.
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.
Just like ISIS:
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:
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.
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.