By Raif Badawi
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his strategies on politics, faith, and liberalism on-line. He was once sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in legal, and an outstanding of one million Saudi Riyal, over 1 / 4 of 1000000 U.S. funds. This politically topical polemic gathers jointly Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his reviews on existence in an autocratic-Islamic country below the Sharia and his notion of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the required separation of nation and faith.
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So, how do you expect me not to fight such doctrinal thinking? Look what happened after the European nations managed to remove those clergy from public life and limit them to their churches, denying them any role outside their walls. European countries developed into nations buzzing with civilization, active in building the rights of the individual and exporting knowledge and science to the rest of humanity. These communities welcomed the culture of enlightenment, life, and creativity as they led a revolution against ignorance in all its aspects.
They present him to their followers as one of the most important liberalists in the country, which can’t be any further from the truth. Kashgari is well known to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia; we never heard him acknowledge liberalism, let alone announce himself as a supporter. The persecution of Kashgari is a failed and pathetic attempt by the extremists to find a loophole in the Law of Printed Material and Publications, which was promulgated by a royal decree. They wish to prosecute every writer and freethinker who 5 6 10 0 0 L a s h e s doesn’t echo their affirmations.
When will this matter be resolved, concluding its endless quest for an answer, as it roams the maze of the many different lines of thought? There is a simple answer: a woman working in a public space is equal to a man; she needs the work just like a man. Sometimes her need for work is more urgent than his. When will we give up our misogynist, unfair ideals? When will we give up the many excuses supporting these ideals?
1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think by Raif Badawi