In a particularly odious development, Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws defining atheism as terrorism.
The laws feature lengthy prison sentences for anyone “calling for atheist thought” or “calling into question the fundamentals of Islam,” according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch.
Media reports indicate the regulations place secular citizens who commit “thought crimes” in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.
The sweeping new laws threaten up to 20 years in prison for “Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.”
According to Human Rights Watch the new regulations include sweeping provisions that authorities can use to criminalize virtually any expression or association critical of the government or slam.
The laws have been denounced by human rights groups for making no distinction between religious expression and violent extremism.
“Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
The new laws are absurd, and only serve to reaffirm the notion that Saudi Arabia is a dark and ugly place. How horrible it must be for any intelligent individual to live in such a morally corrupt and intellectually degenerate abyss.