The Saudi Arabian government is again reaffirming the extremist Islamic system under Sharia law this month in pushing not just for more severe punishment for homosexuals but more prosecutions of people who are viewed as espousing or encouraging homosexual views on social media. One such major victory for the Saudi religious police came this week with the arrest of a Saudi doctor for raising a rainbow flag outside his home in Jeddah. After his arrest, the doctor insisted that he had no idea that the rainbow was a symbol for gay rights. Yet those champions of Islamic purity in the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice still charged him.
The Kingdom has ramped up prosecution in the last six months with 35 cases of homosexuality and 50 cases of cross-dressers as well as prosecutions for “sexual perversion” in Saudi Arabia. While Saudi princes are notorious for drug-laden debaucheries in their mansions in the West, the Kingdom continues to flog and execute those deemed insufficiently moral under Sharia law inside the country.
The Saudi judiciary has pledged to combat a perceived rise in “perverts” displaying “sins and obscenities” on social media in the Sunni Kingdom.
First offenders in anti-homosexual prosecutions have generally faced floggings as well as jail time and fines. A second conviction automatically warrants execution.
There are calls for greater numbers of executions as we have seen in Iran.
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Saudi Arabia’s enforcing of their religious law is “extremist”? Really? Because they don’t agree with your liberal sentimentalities? Who’s the extremist? I would think the liberals in America are extremists. America, part of the Enlightenment project, is always at war with religion. No religion anywhere can put into practice its moral code, that is verboten under the Enlightenment Sharia code, isn’t it?!?
One’s Sharia is as good as another’s sharia isn’t it? It’s all hypocrisy.
How exactly does a culture decide what to punish and what to glorify? Violence is both punished and glorified depending on who does it. So are behaviors associated with reproduction. Cultures decide what is right and what is wrong and make laws supporting those decisions, but in large communities there is no general agreement on what is right and what is wrong. Often it is barely half of those with power deciding one way or another i.e. SCOTUS. There is probably disagreement among those who interpret the Koran, about what the words mean and how they should be enforced. It would be handy to have rules written by a god, but unfortunately no such thing exists. So we are left to human deciders and therein left to fighting about it.
And yet the US continues to embrace this country and we are continually told that Islam and theocracy is not a threat to anyone.
Some Where! Over the rainbow…
Why can’t I… Leave Saudi Arabia and find some place to cry?
I wish, I wish, upon a star!
And all I do is travel far to leave my Saudi.
Hmmm. So I guess the Gaystapo isn’t going to push for Gay Toilet Rights in Saudi Arabia anytime soon. I hope the Muslim world sticks to its guns, uh er, scimitars.
Maybe the gay community should march on Washington demanding Obacala limit those who practice Sharia law from entering the country?
Cross-dressing in Saudi Arabia? How would anyone know that there is a man under that burka? Oh, the clunky sandals with hairy toes!
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