KUWAIT CITY, A Kuwait professor convicted Sunday of mocking Islam said he will seek political asylum in a western country to protect his life and family and his freedom of speech.
Ahmed al-Baghdadi was sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term for a June column saying he wouldn’t send his son to state schools where ”ignorant” teachers would tell him ”how to disrespect women and non-Muslims.”
Let’s see now. What part of that sentence is untrue?
He told The Associated Press he didn’t insult Islam and only criticized the way state schools teach it.
Ah. That clears it up.
Al-Baghdadi’s Monday column for the Al-Siyassah newspaper spoke of asylum plans and said he would ”stop writing about religion” until a higher court hears his appeal.
The writer previously blamed extremists for teaching intolerance and encouraging young citizens to take up arms alongside militants in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Iraq.
In 1999, al-Baghdadi was convicted of blaspheming Islam for writing that the Prophet Muhammad initially failed to convert nonbelievers in Mecca, but was pardoned after serving half of a one-month sentence.
When does any of this become embarrassing? Two plus two equals, um, how many again?