Friday, October 30, 2015
Stephen Harper, Raif Badawi, and the Barbaric Practices of Saudi Arabia
He liked to portray himself as a champion of human rights, and the leader of the war against cultural barbaric practices.
But Stephen Harper never lifted a finger to ask the barbaric regime in Saudi Arabia to stop savagely flogging the blogger Raif Badawi.
Even though his family lives in Canada...
Because he was too busy cuddling with the King and selling him armoured cars.
Even though as Nicholas Kristof points out, there is no more barbaric regime.
Any day now, our Saudi Arabian allies may behead and crucify a young man named Ali al-Nimr. His appeals following his court sentence for this grisly execution have been exhausted, so guards may lead Nimr to a public square and hack off his head with a sword as onlookers jeer. Then, following Saudi protocol for crucifixion, they would hang his body as a warning to others.
Saudi Arabia’s medieval criminal justice system also executes “witches,” and flogs and imprisons gay people.
Even though it's a monstrous misogynistic theocracy, the very nexus of Islamic terrorism, a bloody sewer of brutality and hypocrisy.
A Saudi prince, Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, was just arrested in Los Angeles in a $37 million mansion he had rented, after allegedly drinking heavily, hiring escorts, using cocaine, terrorizing women and threatening to kill people.
“I am a prince,” he declared, according to an account in The Los Angeles Times. “And I do what I want.”
Or outright depravity.
And Raif Badawi is one of its many innocent victims...
One bright young writer, Raif Badawi, 31, called eloquently for women’s rights, education reform and freedom of thought, and Saudi Arabia has sentenced him to 10 years in prison, a $267,000 fine and a flogging of 1,000 lashes (50 at a time, with one session administered so far).
His wife, Ensaf Haidar, tells me that his flogging is to resume soon after a long suspension, and that she fears he will not survive the entire lashing.
So I'm glad to see that his wife has appealed for help to Justin Trudeau, who in the past has called for the blogger to be set free.
And I'm even happier to see that Badawi's humble human right's struggle has been rightfully honoured.
Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger and activist sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, has won the EU’s Sakharov prize for human rights.
“The European parliament has sent today a strong political and humanitarian message to Saudi Arabian authorities,” said Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Liberal bloc. “We urge His Majesty King Salman to release Raif Badawi from prison and in any case to end the barbaric punishment of flogging.”
And that others are trying to spare him from a fate that Stephen Harper never did ANYTHING to try to prevent.
Because the self styled human rights champion, and Great Leader of the War on Cultural Barbaric Practices, shared so much in common with the barbaric Saudi regime...
And all I can say is how low did that monster take us?
How could he have beheaded our values for so long?
Thank goodness we got rid of him.
And of course, free Raif Badawi TOMORROW...
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