Mr. Shahin and the Saudi judicial system are guilty of the same flawed thinking. They both believe that God ordained the violence in their hearts. He did not. They merely have dark hearts. Neither party speaks for God. And neither speaks for Islam. I keep hearing that Islam is a religion of peace. But I cannot see peaceful intentions in praying for the death of Jews, nor in the execution of people who simply want a voice in how their government is run.
Islam has to change. It is unimaginable that a hatred for Jews, or the execution of these prisoners, is something that God would want. Ammar Shahin. Saudi judges. Why are your hearts so dark? Why do you stand on the side of evil?
In the news stories about the 14 condemned Saudi protesters, I only saw 2 names being shared. Munir al-Adam and Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat. I wanted to learn the names of the other 12. Sharing their names would be a great way to bring awareness to their plight. I emailed Reprieve.org.uk, looking for a full list of names. They responded first thing this morning. Unfortunately, at this time we don’t even know the identities of the condemned men.
Reprieve has an online petition to the Saudi Government speaking out against the death sentence handed to these political prisoners. Anyone who values human rights and democracy, and wants to do something, they can sign the online petition.
Morally speaking, is Saudi Arabia any better than the Islamic State? The Islamic State is our enemy, and deservedly so. They use Islam as justification for violence. The violence is meant to silence their critics, and to intimidate the masses. Saudi Arabia is our ally. They are set to execute 14 men for attending a pro-democracy rally. The youngest of the group, Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, was only 17 when he was arrested at an airport in his homeland, on his way to study at Western Michigan University. He never got there. Instead, he was tried and sentenced to death for attending a rally. He is set to be executed for exercising political speech. What is the difference between ISIS and Saudi Arabia? Why are we allied with one and against the other? Do they not represent the same form of evil?