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So-Called Blasphemous Tweets Could Cost Saudi Blogger His Life

Author: Robert Weller
Published: February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

And if that wasn’t disturbing enough, it is being reported that Interpol was involved.

That makes Julian Assange’s complaints about Sweden wanting to arrest him for a condom that broke look almost insignificant.
Of course, in theory, Assange could be sent from Sweden to the U.S. and end up at Gitmo.

Now I see how inconsequential my concerns about porn and plagiarism are.

Instead of being a method to free the hoi polloi, it will be more like the magician on the Tosh show who couldn’t break the chain tying him to a car in time and nearly died when it took off. Those Tweets will lead the authorities right back to you.

Here is what 23-year-old Hamza Kashgari had Tweeted last weekend, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor:

“On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you've always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.

On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.

On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”

The b/ogger is considered an apostate and infidel. He could be executed.


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