We are so much enlightened in the free world. In the free West, no one gets jailed for insulting Islam. Instead, you just get forcibly silenced with vandalism, while the intelligentsia cheers on the vandals. We are so very much more enlightened here than they are in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Raif Badawi remains in prison, but international pressure could still work. It has before.
“Jailed woman who set up blog with activist sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam is freed from prison in Saudi Arabia,” MailOnline, February 1, 2015:
A Saudi woman who worked on a liberal blog with jailed activist Raif Badawi has been freed after almost three months in prison, her daughter has said.
Suad al-Shammari was jailed for insulting Islam after co-founding online discussion group the Saudi Liberal Network with Badawi, who was sentenced to ten years jail and 1,000 lashes for his blogging.
As outrage mounts on the kingdom over Badawi’s sentence, al-Shammari has been released after 90 days at a women’s prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, her daughter Sarah al-Rimaly said.
‘She’s released now, thanks be to God,’ Ms Rimaly told AFP, adding that her mother left jail three days ago after signing a pledge ‘to reduce her activities’.
Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman late on Thursday issued an amnesty for some prisoners, but Miss Rimaly said her mother’s release was unconnected to this.
She added that she does not think the amnesty will cover Badawi, whose flogging was on Friday postponed for the third week in a row.
Badawi’s corporal punishment had been set to be dealt out piecemeal each Friday but he has so far endured only one set of 50 lashes….