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?