More Blasphemy Arrests Coming in Saudi Arabia

The Orwellian-named Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabia is preparing to arrest more bloggers for “insulting God and the Prophet Muhammad,” presumably by declaring their lack of faith in those entities.

Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has asked the interior ministry to arrest several people for apostasy and atheism.

The commission did not divulge the number of people whose arrest it requested, but it said that they insulted God and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)…

In its report, the commission said that it received 9,341 complaints about pornographic sites in one year. It also received 2,734 reports about sites that promoted atheism and misleading information about religion and 132 reports about cyber blackmailing.

Apparently they think their country isn’t quite fascist enough yet.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    In its report, the commission said that it received 9,341 complaints about pornographic sites in one year.

    “The site doesn’t is too slow.”

    “I can’t log in.”

    “The checkout doesn’t accept Paypal.”

    etc.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sorry, that should be “The site doesn’t load/is too slow.”

  • sh3baproject

    modus, i think that they are more annoyed that the BDSM on many porn sites is too light. they want it more hardcore.

  • lldayo

    No, it’s the lack of camels.

  • Trebuchet

    modus, i think that they are more annoyed that the BDSM on many porn sites is too light. they want it more hardcore.

    So they should just show scenes from their own prisons?

    Seriously, Shrub totally invaded the wrong Arab country in 2003. Especially if he was getting revenge for 9/11, which had its roots entirely in Saudi Arabia.

  • Cuttlefish

    They are claiming to have shut down 850 atheist websites over the past 16 months.

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2014/08/20/saudi-gazette-850-atheist-websites-closed-down/

  • D. C. Sessions

    “insulting God and the Prophet Muhammad,” presumably by declaring their lack of faith in those entities.

    Sort of. “Insulting God and the Prophet Muhammad” includes any disrespect to Their Appointed Representatives, the mullahs and in particular their appointed agents, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

    Nothing new here. The Inquisition goes after blasphemy, and the top of the blasphemy list is expressing doubts about the Inquisition.

  • eric

    In its report, the commission said that it received 9,341 complaints about pornographic sites in one year. It also received 2,734 reports about sites that promoted atheism and misleading information about religion and 132 reports about cyber blackmailing.

    In other news, the commission requested more money so that they could hire more people to produce these complaints about political dissidents, as their current complaint-production staff is overworked.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    In its report, the commission said that it received 9,341 complaints about pornographic sites in one year.

    hmm. 15–64 years: 64.8% of the population of 29,195,895 as of 2012.

    At least 45% of these are men. In 2011, 47.5 percent of the population had access to the internet, up from 19.5 percent in 2006. According to the same source, an unfortunate 22.6% of those with internet access are still using dialup. 100%-22.6% = 87.4% have broadband.

    Let’s be extremely generous and assume that 90% of Saudis are not religious hypocrites, meaning 5% use porn and are willing to say that their religious beliefs don’t forbid the use of porn and 85% don’t use it and say that their beliefs forbid it. The other 10% are hypocrites (or at least contrarian). Call it 1% who say their religious beliefs don’t forbid the use of porn…and they still don’t use porn. The other 9% of contrarians/hypocrites use porn though they profess that their religion forbids it.

    This gives an extremely conservative 14% porn consumption rate for men. Note that in the US, the most theologically conservative states are actually the highest porn consumers. Nonetheless, we’re bending over backwards in an effort to please Saudi men. (Okay, that might have come out wrong.) We are not here estimating the porn consumption rate of women or trans* folk.

    Thus we get

    29,195,895 * .648 (age)* .45 (gender) * .475 (internet access) * .874 (broadband users) *.14 (porn consumers)

    GoogleMath yields 494814.469237 broadband porn consumers in Saudi. We’ll round that off to 494814, shall we?

    Great.

    With 9,341 complaints, even generously assuming that all of these come from porn consumers and none of the complainers complained about more than one site, you get the dissatisfied percentage = at most 1.887780054 and a Saudi Porn Satisfaction Index of at least 98.112219945% Let’s just call that 98.112212 for symmetry, shall we? With multiple complaints from single people, with complaints from non-consumers of porn, and with a porn consumer base that includes the women and trans folk porn-consumers in Saudi, the numbers only get more favorable for the porn industry.

    I’d say the Saudis love them some porn – wouldn’t you?

  • Doug Little

    Saudi Porn Satisfaction Index

    Dibbs on that band name.