A Call To Arrest Atheist Bloggers

Earlier this summer, Saudi Arabia decided to freak out at a UN Human Rights council because someone dared to speak up about its frequent human rights abuses:

Yesterday, we got a rare glimpse of how sensitive Saudi Arabia is to its human rights abuses being exposed. At a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, a representative of my organization, the Center for Inquiry, was repeatedly shouted down by the Saudi representative in an attempt to stop her from delivering our statement condemning its crackdown on free expression and belief, and its persecution of dissidents such as Raif Badawi andWaleed Abu al-Khair.

That wasn’t enough for them – they decided to double-down on the douche-baggery by calling for the arrest of atheist bloggers.

Manama: Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has asked the interior ministry to arrest several people for apostasy and atheism.

The commission did not divulge the number of people whose arrest it requested, but it said that they insulted God and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

It added in a report about its work and achievements that it was coordinating closely with the telecommunication and information technology commission to block and shut down pornographic sites as well as sites that promote apostasy and atheism.

They’ve decided to shut down atheist and pornography sites, and curtail any free expression that the internet might allow. It has dubbed atheist sites as a form of ‘cyber-crime’.

Personally, I think the real crime is a form of theocratic government that seeks to arrest anyone who disagrees with them on religious thought or expression – a regime that employs religious police to hound, intimidate and incarcerate its citizens for merely thinking for themselves.

When someone or something (in this case government and religious authorities) try to shut down conversation by persecuting the other side, you have to wonder which side is afraid of the truth? Which side has the weaker argument – the side willing to talk about what they believe or don’t believe or the side doing everything in their power to incarcerate the other side?

 

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28 Comments

  1. What truly puzzles is why believers seem to be so terrified of unbelievers; it rather undermines their position to be so afraid. I mean they have the almighty on their side so why should they care about people who don’t? On the other hand, perhaps the fear simply gives the game away: revealing how far dogma is used to maintain political power.

  2. Well said. There’s been a good amount of research done on cultures like this. America has it’s problems, too, though not as severe as SA. As an atheist, living in the South, USA can sometimes seem like I’m living in SA. Although it’s unconstitutional, there are seven states that won’t allow an atheist to run for public office — Maryland, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Carolina. I currently live in SC. It’s not atheist friendly, that’s for sure, but at least I don’t have to fear incarceration. Not yet, anyway.

  3. Being jailed if you are an atheist blogger in Saudi Arabia is bad, but being beheaded or killed if you don’t convert to Islam, as ISIS is doing, is just batshit crazy. All in the name of God or Allah or whatever it is you call that made up entity.

  4. The key is the word “human.” Those who allow religious beliefs to trump human rights are bestowing upon some made up supernatural being the “right” to dictate the rights of others. And yet this all-seeing, all-knowing, infallible entity is so insecure that those who follow it have decided that, in the name of their god, human rights are only bestowed upon those who believe the way they do.

    Even here in the States, as I’m sure you’re aware of living in SC, most Americans consider our “human rights” to be “God-given.”

  5. There really is a problem with these guys. They need to lessen up.
    Pornography promoting atheism and apostasy? That really is a first one. Can we say now among reasons for atheism is argument from pornography?

  6. I best start a Religious blog toot sweet. Thanks for the head up.
    I shall call it:
    Dominoes, Spirits and Sanctions. Are Men
    or
    Sand in My Underpants – an atheist’s long road to Allah.

    Looking good, yeah?

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  8. Only living in Saudi Arabia is like living in Saudi Arabia. Really.

    When I lived in Israel, I had Arab friends who were very unhappy with the Israeli government. I asked them why they didn’t go to live another Arab country where they would be welcome? They said however bad Israel might be, living under Arab rule was far worse. Especially Saudi Arabia which notorious as the worst. I believe they said they’d rather be in jail in Israel. That’s quite a statement because Israeli jails are no picnic.

    Saudi Arabia is not a congenial place unless you tow the line of the ruling majority. It doesn’t matter what you believe. If it isn’t what THEY want, you’re in trouble.

  9. I’ve avoided commenting on this thread for a while because where I live (Alabama) has a culture that’s pro-religion and anti-atheist, and that’s rant material for me. I’ll try to keep this comment brief. People scream and run for religious freedom and this stuff happens. Calling for banning other thoughts. Beheading people who don’t believe in the same fairy-dragon. It’s horseshit.

    Quite frankly I would love to see the more free-thinking parts of the world combat human rights abuses by allowing people to emigrate to those nations from places of oppression. There needs to be a real, immediate, and vehement response to crap like this. And while we’re at it, we here in the U.S. need to make a new fashion statement. This Bible Belt is so 15th Century. Time to put on the Secular Sash. It comes in Red, White, Blue, and Awesome.

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