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Another to die at the hands of an Islamic theocracy

February 15, 2008

I wanted to wait to write on this until the anger and disgust tapered off. I guess if I did that, this would have never been written. The revolting country of Saudi Arabia is going to put to death an illiterate woman for the crime of witchcraft.

What’s their evidence? Written statements that this poor woman had “bewitched”, including one that she made impotent.

What about her detention? Arrested and beaten in 2005. Forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read and her detainers refused to read to her.

The trial? Her lawyers were not permitted to attend most of the hearings.

The sentence in this charade? Death.

Death for an undefined crime, supported by circumstantial evidence, tried without representation, supported by a sad excuse for a government guided by medieval beliefs. Once again, an Islamic government sets the low bar for human rights, and when they set that bar, they don’t do it small. They decide to make the news with the most ridiculous, violent, and despicable crimes against humanity that we’ve seen in recent years then they have the temerity to complain that the western media is waging a war against Islam!

Here’s an open statement to those Islamic governments who can’t learn from their more modern faithful: if you want to get good press, STOP FUCKING ARRESTING AND MURDERING YOUR OWN PEOPLE BASED ON NONSENSE AND SUPERSTITION!

The condemned woman, Fawza Falih, has one chance to live; the king of Saudi Arabia has to grant her pardon. Human Rights Watch has sent the king a letter to try to persuade him to show some mercy, but I have to say I don’t like her chances considering:

When an appeal court decided she should not be executed, the law courts imposed the death sentence again, arguing that it would be in the public interest.

Considering the outcry against what his disturbingly superstitious courts have done, it’s possible that the king may bend. However, I have the feeling that Fawza Falih’s chances are tipped in favor of of her last moments being filled with terror and confusion before she is mercilessly executed rather than in comfort and surrounded by her loved ones. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Tyler Nixon permalink
    February 15, 2008 11:23 pm

    Well it’s comforting to know portions of Islamic fundamentalism have managed to advance all the way to the 17th century…

    Did they at least convene a Court of Oyer and Terminer to consider spectral evidence about whether there were any unlawful covenants made with the devil?

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