A nation that places such restrictions on the freedom of conscience of its citizens ought not to be allowed to compete in the Olympics. But that, of course, would be in a sane world.
Muhammad said: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Yet Muslim spokesmen such as Harris Zafar, Mustafa Akyol, Salam al-Marayati, M. Cherif Bassiouni, and Ali Eteraz (among many others) have assured us that Islam doesn’t punish apostasy. I expect that Zafar, Akyol, al-Marayati, Bassiouni, and Eteraz will immediately be jetting over to Riyadh to explain to the Saudis that they’re getting Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong, and should stop investigating this conversion case immediately.
“Saudi court to look into alleged apostasy case,” from Gulf News, July 26 (thanks to NA):
Dubai: A Saudi court is expected to look into an unprecedented case of a foreigner converting a local Muslim woman to Christianity.
According to Sabq news website, the court in Al Khobar in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia will review the case submitted by the public prosecutor after a man filed a suit against a Saudi and a Lebanese for their alleged role in converting his daughter to Christianity and smuggling her out of the country. She is now reportedly living in a church in Lebanon. The woman, 28, was working in a company in Al Khobar where the two men were also employed. Sabq said that the investigation has concluded that the role of the Saudi national was to assist in smuggling the woman out of the country. Both defendants have been freed on bail pending the trial and the Lebanese has been reportedly barred from leaving the country.