Saudis Shocked to be Criticized for Being a Barbaric Theocracy

With international pressure mounting over their brutal punishment of anyone who dares to express a view contrary to Wahabbi Islam, Saudi Arabia is reacting with mock surprise that anyone would presume to tell them they need to stop. The Saudi government released a statement:

Saudi Arabia defended its human rights record on Saturday in its first public reaction to international criticism over last year’s sentencing of liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam”.

The first 50 of Badawi’s lashes were carried out in January, prompting strong criticism of the kingdom’s rights record in Western countries, including its laws on political and religious expression and the status of Saudi women.

“Saudi Arabia expresses its intense surprise and dismay at what is being reported by some media about the case of citizen Raif Badawi and his sentence,” said a statement carried on state media and attributed to an unnamed “foreign ministry official”.

The statement said Saudi courts were independent and that the kingdom’s constitution ensured the protection of human rights because it was based on Islamic Sharia law.

“Saudi Arabia at the same time emphasizes that it does not accept interference in any form in its internal affairs,” the statement added.

It ensures the protection of human rights because it’s based on Sharia law. Yes, and the Third Reich ensured the protection of human rights by practicing Nazism. You have no fucking idea what human rights means, you barbaric theocratic assholes.

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  • theguy

    “kingdom’s constitution ensured the protection of human rights because it was based on Islamic Sharia law”

    Killing people for violating Sharia protects human rights? What rights? The right to obey or die?

    “Saudi Arabia at the same time emphasizes that it does not accept interference in any form in its internal affairs”

    Not-so-coincidentally, the same excuse we hear from Uganda and their vicious treatment of gay people.

  • John Pieret

    Saudi Arabia expresses its intense surprise and dismay at what is being reported by some media about the case of citizen Raif Badawi and his sentence

    Yeah. Given the extreme lengths they have gone to in order to suppress dissent or openness about their society, as they did in the case of Badawi, I’m sure they are dismayed that the truth about them is still getting out and that they are shocked that not everyone closes a blind eye to what they are doing because … oil.

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

    John Pieret “…they are shocked that not everyone closes a blind eye to what they are doing because … oil.”

    To be fair, Saudi Arabia is also situated in a critical strategic location near itself.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    ISIL is also acting in accord with sharia law. They’re just more informal than the Saudi government.

    If it weren’t for the horrible carnage that would ensue, I’d almost wish them on eachother.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    ISIL and Saudi Arabia in a steel cage match?

    Hell, I’d pay good money to see that…

  • naturalcynic

    Congrats, Evolving Perspectives has given you the Capt. Renault award. Shocking!!!

  • Synfandel

    It’s an internal matter: the perpetual cry of the despot.

  • Al Dente

    the kingdom’s constitution ensured the protection of human rights because it was based on Islamic Sharia law.

    Sharia law is about the rights of Allah and clerics, not about human rights.

  • peterh

    Having sampled rather broadly and casually into the affairs of this critter called man over the past several thousand years, I have thus far found any system of governance based upon the word of this, that or the other god(s) to be a pile of dingo’s kidneys. Sometimes worse.

  • Sastra

    … the kingdom’s constitution ensured the protection of human rights because it was based on Islamic Sharia law.

    Because “human rights” can’t exist unless they are endowed to us by a Creator! It’s a fundamentally religious concept!

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they really believe that their government protect human rights because it’s based on Sharia. In fundamentalist Islam, there is only one human right: the right to be governed by Allah and nothing else. And Allah’s governance is embodied in Sharia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    This regime would collapse within a week if it weren’t for oil. I can’t think of a better reason to support alternative energy.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    They just pubicly beheaded number 40 for this year. If they keep up this rate, they’ll behead 200 in 2015. That’s in a nation of just 28 million. Evidently, the Tea Party is in power there.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Saudi Arabia expresses its intense surprise and dismay

    Only religionists can so blatantly lie.

  • dingojack

    Peterh – I assure you my kidneys are certified shariah-safe(ish).

    Dr X — meanwhile in the “civilised” world…

    Good to see Our ‘fearless’ Leader in such grand company…. :(

    Dingo

  • birgerjohansson

    Sweden dared criticise the flogging of the blogger Badawi, while in Sweden an economic agreement with the Saudis that included military components came under scrutiny. This has led to a strong Saudi reaction.

    The Swedish Foreign Minister had been invited to address the Arab League, but this was now blocked by Saudi Arabia (the Saudis control the votes of the other arab countries at the Arab League since they are economically dependent on Saudi sponsorship).

    “Saudis block Wallström (Sweden’s foreign minister) at Arab League: report” http://www.thelocal.se/

    And after further Saudi lobbying, the arab foreign ministers condemned Wallström’s criticism.

    “Arab League backs Saudi silencing of Sweden” http://www.thelocal.se/20150310/eu-raps-saudi-silencing-of-swedish-minister

    Arab League hypocrisy: “The ministers have voiced their condemnation and astonishment at the issuance of such statements that are incompatible with the fact that the Constitution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on Sharia,” read a statement issued by the ministers following their Arab League meeting in Cairo.

    “Sharia has guaranteed human rights and preserved people’s lives, possessions, honour and dignity. The ministers consider the comments as irresponsible and unacceptable,” the statement added

    .***

    -So you see, the human rights criticism cannot be right, because Saudi Arabia is practising Sharia, and that “has guaranteed human rights and preserved people’s lives, possessions, honour and dignity”, nevermind a few floggings and beheadings

    -now Saudi has called home its ambassador from Sweden as well, because being called out for being barbaric assholes is incredibly rude.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Dingo,

    And it would be ten times worse in the US if the Tea Party types were in charge. Read about crime in the US and watch the calls for public execution, often without trial, flood the comment section. They’re just itching to chop off heads.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @John Pieret:

    Wouldn’t “closing a blind eye” be sort of a waste of effort?

  • John Pieret

    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne:

    Wouldn’t “closing a blind eye” be sort of a waste of effort?

    It just doubly shows how willing they are to ignore what the Saudis are doing … much more than just turning a blind eye.

  • dingojack

    Dr X – True, but irrelevant. Saying that Tea-Baggers would use polyboloi to fling stones through the glass panes of your house isn’t really saying much of anything all, is it?

    Dingo