Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’

Remember Saudi Arabia, our ally in the Middle East? You know, the country where the 9/11 terrorists came from. That place.

Seems their hatred of religious freedom–anything that is not Islam–really knows no bounds:

A Saudi man has been beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft, the state news agency SPA says.

The man, Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, was found in possession of books and talismans, SPA said. He had also admitted adultery with two women, it said.

. . .

Last year, there were reports of at least two people being executed for sorcery.

Mr Asiri was beheaded after his sentence was upheld by the country’s highest courts, the Saudi news agency website said.

. . .

Amnesty International says the country does not formally classify sorcery as a capital offence.

But the BBC’s Arab Affairs Editor, Sebastian Usher, says there is a very strong prohibition of some practices from the country’s powerful conservative religious leaders.

Some, he explains, have repeatedly called for the strongest possible punishments against anyone suspected of sorcery – whether they are fortune tellers or faith healers.

Now, some sovereign-state proponents may say, “Hey, their people know the rules they live by, and they don’t have a revolution, so it’s fine for the government to execute its own citizens for breaking the ridiculous laws created by Muhammad, who may not have even existed.”

Those folks may well have forgotten the experience of Ali Hossein Sabat.

This Lebanese television host, a Shiite Muslim, made his living with a “psychic” television program, much like American fraud John Edwards.

In 2008, Sabat traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on a pilgrimage required by Islam. He was arrested. He was directed to write down what he did for a living . . . and this document was used as a “confession” to convict him of sorcery. A high court in Medina upheld his conviction, saying he had to be executed for practicing “sorcery” in front of millions of viewers.

On the scheduled date of execution, April 2, 2010, the court issued a stay.

Sabat has dropped off the media’s radar. It appears he is still in custody in Saudi Arabia, pending another appeal of his sentence. Or maybe he’s dead. He certainly has not been released.

What does the Sabat case tell us about Saudi Arabia, and Islamists in general?

Quite simply, they do not respect the rule of law. Sabat’s “crimes” were committed in Lebanon, where the activity was legal. He did not engage in those activities while in Saudi Arabia. Yet he was arrested and convicted in Saudi Arabia of crimes against the Islamists’ all-powerful , Allah.

And this is our ally?

One Response to Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’

  1. Greetings, Actually Mike, if I may be so bold, the hijackers were not Muslims. They were Christians and Jews, Dick Cheney and his neocon miscreants with the aid of Mossad. The fingered “19″ were patsys at most. For the Bush Cheney conspiracy myth to be true, it would have required more miracles than the amazing voyage of Noah’s Ark. I don’t believe in miracles. I totally agree with the rest of your post and I think that Islam is stupid, but I am not prejudiced, I hate all religions. Peace be upon Us, Infidel

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