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Saudi Arabia Sentences Palestinian Poet To Death For Apostasy

Source: Huffington Post

RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Palestinian poet to death for apostasy, abandoning his Muslim faith, according to trial documents seen by Human Rights Watch, its Middle East researcher Adam Coogle said on Friday.

Ashraf Fayadh was detained by the country's religious police in 2013 in Abha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, and then rearrested and tried in early 2014.

The verdict of that court sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes but after appeal another judge passed a death sentence on Fayadh three days ago, said Coogle.

"I have read the trial documents from the lower court verdict in 2014 and another one from 17 November. It is very clear he has been sentenced to death for apostasy," Coogle said.

Saudi Arabia's justice system is based on Sharia Islamic law and its judges are clerics from the kingdom's ultra conservative Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam. In the Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia, religious crimes including blasphemy and apostasy incur the death penalty.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saudi-arabia-ashraf-fayadh-death-sentence-apostasy_564f5cf9e4b0879a5b0acfc6

Some of my saddest moments are thinking about those killed

by Islamist Terrorists in the name of their religion at:

- the Boston Marathon
- Mumbai
- 911
- France (twice this year)
- Spain

If the Islamic terrorists stop killing people, I'm sure people will stop the blame.

btw - I don't see a lot of coordinated condemnation on twitter of the barbaric acts by leaders of the Muslim community. Maybe I'm missing something.

Its not possible. the religion itself calls anyone is not a muslim an apostate

- it doesn't call for respect or tolerance of other faiths or religions

- it calls for forceable conversion. This may be the reason why the youth who begin to study the religion more closely get radicalized by the tens of thousands.

- which other religion calls for the death of anyone who leaves the religion

- questioning anything that is taught by the religion can be considered blasphemy and you guessed it - punishable by death.
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