Yup, what a lovely country we wholeheartedly appear to politically support. The Independent reports:
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of social media posts.
The report carried in Al-Watan says the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The report did not name the man.
It added that ‘religious police’ in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing the Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teaching fuelled hostilities. The court also fined him 20,000 riyals – or, just short of £4,000
Saudi Arabia has introduced a number of new rules that have defined atheists as terrorists “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”.
This is pretty damned backwards. I would simply be in prison forever over there…