The Saudi Arabian courts have a new judicial atrocity this week to their credit. A Saudi court has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Islamic faith along with other reported acts of blasphemy. The man was subject to multiple crimes even carrying death under the medieval Sharia system followed in the Kingdom. Those capital crimes included renouncing Islam, ripping up a Koran, cursing Mohammad, and hitting a koran with a shoe. One death will apparently suffice in “Chop-Chop” Square (shown above) for the man engaging in what would constitute protected speech in the United States.
His crime of apostasy is enough to warrant public beheading in Saudi Arabia, which appears intent on setting a record this year for beheadings while holding public beheadings weekly. This includes a recent execution of a woman begging for her life (warning this video is highly disturbing). The Kingdom responded to the outrage . . . by arresting the photographer. Notably, the Kingdom has denounced the savagely of beheading by ISIS, which are often also done under claims of Sharia law and Sunni values.
As of 2013, Saudi Arabia is ranked third in number of recorded executions behind Iran and Iraq.
Despite Saudi Arabia executing people for renouncing Islam and blasphemy, the United States continues to embrace it as its closest ally in the region and denounces other countries as brutal and extremist.