Stop executing “apostates” and “blasphemers” and release them now!

Mar 3, 2015


On 22 February 2015, a Saudi court sentenced a man in his twenties to death by beheading for apostasy.  The identity of the man has not been made public but, according to Al-Shabaka, he was arrested last year and is charged with becoming an atheist and insulting Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, on social media.

This heinous ruling comes against the backdrop of the recent attacks on freedom of expression in Paris and Copenhagen.  Whilst the Saudi government hypocritically condemned the Paris massacre as a “cowardly terrorist attack that was rejected by the true Islamic religion”, it condemned a man to death for similar “crimes” only a matter of weeks later. This ruling follows the recent case of Raif Badawi, a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years’ imprisonment for a website promoting public discussion of religion and politics which has been deemed “insulting to Islam”.

Apostasy and blasphemy are punishable with death in Saudi Arabia and also in a number of other countries, including Iran and Mauritania.

In Iran, 30 year old blogger Soheil Arabi, has been sentenced to execution for “insulting the prophet” on Facebook.

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22 comments on “Stop executing “apostates” and “blasphemers” and release them now!

  • ” Clearly, there is no place in the 21st century for such medieval laws. Apostasy and blasphemy laws must end. And they must end now. ”

    Since some see through a glass darkly instead of clearly I will not hold too much hope out that this barbarity ends before I die. Signed the petition anyway.

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  • Curious how thin skinned this Muhammad and Allah crew are and apparently, too feeble to dole out the punishment themselves.
    How is this a prophet/god worthy of reverence ?

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  • Apostasy, as I understand it, only applies to those who have elected to follow “the faith”.

    I wonder what Nordic and Ewan think about indoctrination of the children of Muslims? Did they have a choice when they had read and understood the small print? Shouldn’t they?

    If only we could have set an example. But we can’t.

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  • Whatever group does this is not a religion. It ignoring the truce of freedom of religion. It does not deserve the usual freedom of religion rights. It might even fit the definition of a terrorist group.

    Terrorism : killing civilians with the intent of changing their political

    ~ Caleb Carr 1955-08-02

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  • Signing the petition shows the Saudis how many people do not fear their bullying. It is showing them even this level of brutality does not bully people outside Saudi Arabia.

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  • Petitions will not have the slightest effect on a government prepared to kill for a victimless crime. Just stop buying their oil and supplying them with military equipment. Treat them as the pariahs they are, in other words have nothing to do with them until they voluntarily migrate to the 21st century (even to the 18th would probably do)

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    RandyPing says:

    I have tweeted this story to senators and the President the last couple days on this, there are a few of us doing this and need more voices to amplify the call. You can also find #JesuisRaif stuff on Instagram and Facebook, please join us in trying to get Raif back to his family. Please help us put pressure on the Saudi Arabian government, tell them that the world is watching by tweets, emails, Facebook and Instagram about this too. Be polite, but let them know that the world is watching.

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    RandyPing says:

    Btw, tweet to @SaudiEmbassyUSA tell their US ambassador: The the world is watching #FreeRaifBadawi or we will #BoycottSaudiOil and #SanctionSaudiArabia #JeSuisRaif

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    Trondesson says:

    Oh, but it is. In fact that’s what religion is all about: controlling and exerting power over the majority of people by a small minority through the means of fear and repression. That’s why man invented gods and religion after all.

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  • To question weather a ‘magic’ rabbit’s foot will actually bring you good fortune is generally considered to be intelligent doubt using logic and reason.
    To question ‘magic’ claims by religious groups is also intelligent use of logic and reason, but this lucid criticism is labelled as ‘blasphemy’, equated with evil, and punished. Not punished to protect a god, not punished to protect humans or other animals, but punished to protect the religion. Religions are evil, and extremist religions are horrific.
    Peace through reason, let us set free the minds of those trapped in brain-stifling cults.

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    Trondesson says:

    Commendable move but rather naive to think that either the Saudi government or the U.S. government will take part in it. Neither country is democratic, so the voice of the people can and will be ignored, especially when it comes to measures that could harm the economy.

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    Steven says:

    I giggle (no LOL) when self acclaimed atheists quote the Bible. You should decide what to believe before you say what you think.

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  • Not only do the fanatics like killing dissenters, they are into destroying archaeology from before the time their prophet lived!

    .Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

    IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.

    The head of the UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.

    IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

    “They are erasing our history,” said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.

    BBC Middle East correspondent Jim Muir says the attempt to destroy Nimrud is already being compared with the Taliban’s demolition of the Bamiyan Buddha rock sculptures in Afghanistan in 2001.

    As well as destroying artefacts, Islamic State also trades in them – and the trade is one of its key sources of revenue.

    Nimrud covers a large area, and it is not yet clear whether it has been totally destroyed, our correspondent says.

    But a local tribal source told Reuters news agency: “Islamic State members came to the Nimrud archaeological city and looted the valuables in it and then they proceeded to level the site to the ground.

    “There used to be statues and walls as well as a castle that Islamic State has destroyed completely.”

    As in Africa, the brain-addled de-educators feel the need to destroy real knowledge, to give their fantasies a monopoly!

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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    …. the brain-addled de-educators feel the need to destroy real knowledge, to give their fantasies a monopoly!

    It’s even worse than that. They’re destroying history and intend to re-write it to suit their Wahabist Islamic ideology. Those who thought that Nazi’s were bad are in for a rude awakening. IS makes the Gestapo look like girl scouts. Pure, un-friggin-adulterated evil. This disease MUST be wiped off the face of the world, plain and simple.

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  • Steven Mar 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm
    I giggle (no LOL) when self acclaimed atheists quote the Bible. You should decide what to believe before you say what you think.

    Many atheists are well informed on religious beliefs and are aware of many myths and works of fiction.

    Or course they are not so credulous as believe them all, or to only read works which agree with earlier preconceptions.
    Many are also aware of the multiple contradictions and mistranslations in “The Bible”
    or its conflicts with the Quoran.

    Personally, – I base my views on scientific and historical evidence, rather than deciding what I fancy believing!

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    bonnie says:

    Atheists are well informed […]


    The u.s. game show Jeopardy! every so often features the category ‘The Bible’ / ‘OT’ / ‘NT’. In no way does it reflect the contestants beliefs, or lack thereof. Simply a measurement of literary skill.

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