Mohammed Al-Eissa is the Saudi Arabian “Justice Minister,” which is a lot like giving Charlie Sheen the title of Sobriety Minister. In a talk to an unnamed lawyers group in Washington, DC, Al-Eissa made a pathetic attempt to defend that country’s barbaric laws.
Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa has denounced international rights groups for attacking the Kingdom’s judiciary, saying laws in this country are based on divine precepts contained in the Holy Qur’an.
“Any attack on the judiciary will be considered an attack on the Kingdom’s sovereignty,” he said recently.
Well gosh, that’s certainly intimidating. Okay, let’s attack the kingdom’s sovereignty, starting with the idiotic idea of having a king in the first place.
Speaking to American lawyers, legal consultants and academics in Washington, Al-Eissa said many people have misunderstood Islamic laws because they follow biased information and ignore cultural differences. “This is the reason for rights organizations making big mistakes in their reports,” he said.
The minister tried to counter misconceptions about various Shariah punishments such as beheading, cutting off hands and lashing. “These punishments are based on divine religious texts and we cannot change them,” he said.
So what misconception is allegedly being countered here? We believe you base your barbaric “justice” system on Islamic law. And you do.
Al-Eissa emphasized the progress of the Kingdom’s criminal justice system. “At Saudi courts criminal proceedings are undertaken publicly to ensure transparency and fair justice.”
Yes, of course. We put people to death for changing religions, but we do it publicly, so it’s totally okay.
Referring to capital punishment, he said many other countries have this form of penalty enshrined in their legislation. “The punishment of cutting off hands has been instructed by religions other than Islam.” He said the punishment of lashing is only meted out to those convicted of serious crimes related to honor.”
You mean like blasphemy? That’s a “serious crime related to honor”? Bullshit. You’re fascist barbarians. Period.
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