If foes of the freedom of speech like the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, Reza Aslan’s Aslan Media, and John Esposito’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding get their way, these kinds of laws will come eventually come to the U.S. But there is no need for them here now: the defamation and character assassination of anyone and everyone who speaks out against jihad terror does the same job quite nicely.
“Saudi liberal gets 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes,” Al Arabiya, May 8, 2014 (thanks to Pedro):
A Saudi court sentenced Raef Badawi, the founder of a liberal Internet forum, to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes Wednesday over allegations of “insulting Islam.”
Badawi, was also ordered to pay a fine of one million riyals ($266,666/191,846 euros), the website’s co-founder Suad al-Shamari, told AFP.
In August last year a court sentenced Badawi to seven years and three months in jail in addition to 600 flogs “for establishing a liberal website and adopting the liberal thinking and insulting Islam,” according to Saudi media reports.
But a higher court overturned that decision and ordered a retrial by a different court.
Last month, a Saudi court in Jeddah ordered the permanent closure of the website for publishing what was perceived as anti-Islamic content, the Saudi news website Sabq reported.
Sabq said a number of Saudis had demanded the closure of the Saudi Liberal Network for posting stories and comments that are considered against religion and morality.
The website said the court’s decision “prompted good reactions by many of those who had called for such an action and had filed lawsuits against the network and its members.”