From the land of Raif Badawi comes more evidence — as if we needed it — of the dangers of renouncing/denouncing religion.
An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, and hitting it with a shoe, the newspaper reported.
In Arab culture, the shoe is seen as dirty because it touches the ground and covers the lowest part of the body. Hitting someone or something with a shoe shows that the target is considered as low as dirt.
The Saudi Gazette did not identify the condemned man, but quoted a sheikh at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Abdullah Al-Enizi, as saying
“Cursing the Prophet and the Qur’an is a form of conversion that must be dealt with accordingly through the courts.”