Saudi Arabia has long been an exporter of extremist Islamic values as part of its Wahhabi sect. Despite our close alliance with the Kingdom, it imposes radical Islamic Sharia principles and denies basic rights to women, non-Muslims, and dissidents. In the latest outrage from Saudi Arabia, a court has sentenced a man to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes for merely expressing his atheism on Twitter. It appears that the Saudi and Sharia courts are terrified that people could actually inform other Saudis of alternatives to Islam or different values. The fear and anger only appeared to grow when the Kingdom could not coerce the 28-year-old who refused to repent and stood by his human right to express his faith. We previously discussed this case, but Saudi Arabia is proceeding with the whippings as this man remains defiant.
The Saudis are the first to object to any country curtailing Islamic worship but it is also the first to deny the freedom of religion to non-Muslims. The Saudis will not even allow a church to be constructed in the country. Now it is sentencing people for merely acknowledging their faith or lack of faith on social media.
Saudi Arabia treats atheism as terrorism under one of its more notorious laws. That’s right. One of the greatest sources of actual terrorism in the world of Sunni radicals, Saudi continues to export extreme religious principles will defining atheism as terrorism.