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Faith-Based Saudi Censorship, A Lesson for America

Muslims from all around the world praying in the Kaaba at MakkahAmerican Christians calling for censorship based on religious beliefs should look to Saudi Arabia for an indication of what faith-based government means. There, government recently sentenced “prominent Saudi blogger [Raif Badawi] to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam,” Fox News reports.

Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, “who fled the nation two years ago and now lives near Montreal,” said,

I am very shocked by the news, but the Saudi government is radical Muslim. [Badawi] is the leader of the Saudi liberal movement, and the government wants to make a symbol out of him.

Philip Luther of Amnesty International said of Badawi:

He is a prisoner of conscience who is guilty of nothing more than daring to create a public forum for discussion and peacefully exercising the right to freedom of expression.

Let us hope the Saudi government overturns this vicious, rights-violating sentence. And let us hope Americans come to see that when religion is mixed with government, rights-violations inexorably ensue.

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