Saudi Sentences Man To 2,000 Lashes And 10 Years In Prison For Being Atheist
A court in Saudi Arabia has recently ruled that terrorism can now be defined as “calling for atheist thought in any form” and this development has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheist beliefs on social media sites. The 28-year-old has admitted to being an atheist but refused to repent, claiming that what he wrote were his personal beliefs and that he mistakenly believed he had the right to express his views about it.
“calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”.
Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch even stated that:
“Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism."