By Raif Badawi
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his concepts on politics, faith, and liberalism on-line. He was once sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in legal, and a good of one million Saudi Riyal, over 1 / 4 of 1000000 U.S. cash. This politically topical polemic gathers jointly Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his evaluations on existence in an autocratic-Islamic nation lower than the Sharia and his conception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the mandatory separation of country and faith.
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Extra resources for 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think
For fourteen years, the Islamist movement continued to falsely portray al-Hamad to the public as a dangerous man and accused him of blasphemy and unbelief. Their only evidence was a sentence said by a character in a book, taken out of context and stripped of its indications. To publicly defame al-Hamad, his enemies uploaded a tampered video of him to YouTube. The video was edited to single out that controversial sentence and omit the author’s explanation. His enemies were successful in fooling many, who believed the doctored video.
The question I must ask, as a global citizen first and a citizen of the country that originated those terrorists, is very simple: Why the arrogance? What kind of racist discrimination against innocent human blood allows us to demand such a thing? Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the ordinary American: How open-minded are we going to be if a Christian or a Jewish person attacks us in our very home? Will we build a church or a synagogue for them in the same location as the attack? I highly doubt that.
I drown in the waterfall of her photos, walking barefoot on a beach, the waves kissing her toes, and escape shyly. She hits my chest with her hands, laughing, with tears in her eyes. I hold her hand, and she sleeps comfortably in my arms, drinking my wine. I wish I could kiss you in your sleep. She laughs at the shore of the sea. She hides the silver of the moonshine between her lips. I tell her: I almost died. She laughs, crying. She hits my chest. The tears fall upon her face, she slips away from the warmth of my hands; she sits calmly, surrendering: she is one with the moon and the sea.