By Raif Badawi
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his innovations on politics, faith, and liberalism on-line. He used to be sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in legal, and a superb 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 lifestyles in an autocratic-Islamic country less than the Sharia and his notion of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the required separation of kingdom and faith.
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Like it or not, we’re part of the human race, and we share the same duties and deserve the same rights as the rest of humanity. The same way others respect our differences, we should respect the differences of others. Based on this great humanitarian concept, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz started his famous and great initiative Dialogue Between Religions,8 hoping to gather us all under the one umbrella of human civilization. I’m not surprised to see the welcoming vibe the king’s initiative has received from the whole world.
Then he goes back to where he came from, ending his fake role as her husband at her bedroom door. While we’re at it, let’s discuss another animalistic marriage. It’s a scene from another play! A man, considered a borrowed ram, spends one night with a borrowed wife, and then divorces her. You see, the purpose is to legally allow the woman to remarry her first husband: she was married to another man who divorced her, but they cannot get back together until she is legally married to another man and divorced once more.
I remember attending a Q&A event with al-Hamad in Jeddah’s literature club, and when it was time for the audience’s questions, an old man approached the stage. “I don’t know that person,” he said. “Thanks to Allah, I haven’t read a single line he wrote. I heard he said a sentence against Allah, and I’m here to stand in this man’s face for the sake of Allah,” he continued. This old man was but one of the many simple people who were emotionally manipulated by those who falsify facts and exploit the public.