Skip to comments.Top Saudi cleric calls for writers' deaths
Posted on 03/15/2008 12:47:29 PM PDT by LibWhacker
RIYADH, March 15 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their "heretical articles" and put to death if they do not repent.
Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak was responding to recent articles in al-Riyadh newspaper that questioned the Sunni Muslim view in Saudi Arabia that adherents of other faiths should be considered unbelievers.
"Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam," said the fatwa, or religious opinion, dated March 14 and published on Barrak's Web site.
"It is disgraceful that articles containing this kind of apostasy should be published in some papers of Saudi Arabia, the land of the two holy shrines," he said, referring to Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina.
"The rulers should hold these papers to account ... and all those who took part in the publication should know they were involved in the sin of heretical articles."
Barrak, who is thought to be around 75, is viewed by Islamists as the leading independent authority of Saudi Arabia's hardline version of Sunni Islam, often termed Wahhabism.
He said the articles suggested Muslims were free to follow other religions. Rights groups have accused Wahhabism of a xenophobic attitude which demonises other religions.
Abdullah bin Bejad al-Otaibi, one of the two writers, said he feared for his life and called on the government to intervene. The second writer was Yousef Aba al-Khail.
"My articles have been met with fatwas before but it never got to this level of directly inciting murder or directly accusing someone of no longer being a Muslim," he told Reuters.
"If this is allowed to pass, this country will be transformed into an arena of bloodshed. It will be chaos."
Saudi Arabia regularly executes drug traffickers, rapists and murderers, but it is rare for calls to be made to put people to death for opinions expressed in public.
Liberal reformers are engaged in a battle with religious hardliners over the direction of the country, a key U.S. ally and the world's biggest oil exporter.
Diplomats say powerful clerics allied to some key members of the Saudi royal family have prevented the government under King Abdullah from moving forward with social and political reforms.
Did he mention Sy Hersh?
TROP - Such a fine example of Tolerance < / sarc
So much for the Religion Of Peace, huh?
If it wasn’t for their stinking oil, Saudi Arabia would go back to being the desert craphole it was prior to the 20th century, and we wouldn’t be paying any attention to them.
Does this mean that it’s OK for others to call for the death of clerics who spout such nonsense?
I, Dr. Bogus P. Pachysandra, noted Meta-proctologist, declare a fatwa on Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak! Effective immediately!
In a sane world -— Islamic Clerics who call for the murder of civilians exercising their right to free speech and expressing contempt for contemptible people, would be the TARGET of death squads - not the issuer of death threats.
It’s time to initiate targeted assassination of these 7th century miscreants - to head off another holocaust of millions.
Islam. Imagine a clown car....with guns.
Top Saudi cleric calls for writers' deaths
The headline in another world:
Writers call for top Saudi cleric's death
The headline in a much better world:
Last Saudi cleric dies in bizarre camel accident
Death and murder fatwas should automatically invoke international calls for criminal punishment, even arrest warrants, against those who make them, as “criminal acts”.
The individuals who make such calls are cowards glad to threaten others from a position of what they think is safety. But if they, themselves are menaced, they shut up in a hurry.
By calling them personally “criminal”, for giving death threats based in *religious* law, it sets them up as violators of *secular* law. And this is something they should fear.
If they are protected in their country, it reflects on their country, as “harboring a fugitive”. It also means they cannot leave their country or be subject to arrest.
Yes, they will shut up if this is done. But it MUST be done, or else they will continue to threaten the lives of innocent people.
"Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak Hussein Obama..."
Saudi Scholar Demands Holocaust Recount [semi-satire]
Dr. Walid Al-Rashudi, head of the Department of Islamic Studies at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, has decried the incessant Zionist propaganda regarding the so-called Holocaust.
At issue, according to Rashudi, is the head-count of victims. If 6 million died, where are the bodies? Rashudi demanded to know, apparently unaware that most of the victims bodies had be cremated.
Rashudi provided his own best estimate that about 50 to 60 Jews, at most died and speculated that the majority of these were probably killed by Allied bombing.
Hitler has been slandered, Rashudi claimed. And Jews have used this slander to extort money from innocent Germans.
The real crime is Jewish occupation of Palestine, Rashudi said. By Allah, we will not be satisfied even if all the Jews are killed. The very memory of their existence must be expunged from human consciousness.
Yep...only the best from the Religion of Pieces...
Note to raghead mullahs: Dont even think about going after FReepers.
Fatwas are like noses, everybody has one. Somehow the words “rare” and “fatwa” have not been commonly connected in the last several years.