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WAR: Saudi Teacher Sentenced to Jail, Lashings for 'Mocking' Islam

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posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 06:07 PM
A Saudi court has sentenced chemistry teacher Muhammad al-Harbi to 40 months in jail and regular public lashings for "mocking religion" by lecturing positively about Judaism and Christianity, as well as practicing witchcraft. The teacher also had a history of speaking out against Islamic terrorism. The U.S. recently issued a statement criticizing Saudi Arabia for its lack of religious freedom.
Riyadh, 14 Nov. (AKI) - A Saudi secondary school teacher has been jailed for three years for mocking religion, and sentenced to 750 lashes, to be delivered - 50 a week - in the public market of the town of al-Bikeriya. Chemistry teacher Muhammad al-Harbi was charged with mocking Islam, favouring Jews and Christians and studying witchcraft, after a lawsuit was filed against him by a group of students and teachers from his school who he says were out for revenge.

Al-Harbi told Saudi newspaper Arab News in a phone interview that it was "a very cruel sentence". He said the students who reported him had all failed the monthly chemistry test and complained to the school principal when he refused to let them sit the exam again.

Al-Harbi said they were encouraged to report him by some Islamic studies teachers at the school, who were angry that he had taken it on himself to warn students of terrorism and its consequences following the attack on the Al-Hamra residential compound in Riyadh in 2003. After being appointed school activities organiser he held talks with students speaking against terrorism and hung anti-terrorism signs around the school.

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This is probably a clear case of extremists seeking revenge through the Saudi courts for this man's stance against terrorism.

I hope the apparent increase of U.S. pressure on Saudi Arabia helps, as it's disgraceful that we continue to work with a country with such an appalling human rights record.

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posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 03:37 AM
haha. Why would America care? The bush's and saudi royal family are best friends!!

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 04:55 AM
Well the Saudi king is never going to be able to defeat Al qaeda as long as his own society only teaches intolerance which inturn breeds hate.

Punishing ( especially physical ) a person for teaching religous tolerance is actually an affront to the west, hope there Oil runs out soon so we can tell them how we really feel!!

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 05:38 AM
That man is a hero for standing up for freedom.

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 08:45 AM
It might be a good thing if there were no heroes. There are no heroes. There will never be a statue dedicated to this poor teacher. There will be no parades, not a fig will be thrown his way. For some reason, this Saudis don't like "heroes" as they question the status quo. And to argue against terroism and be jailed for it? Yeah, real heroic.
The guy is probebly a good man, and doesn't deserve this to happen to him, but he is no hero. He is an educated teacher who said what his opinion is. Sadly, the authorities took exception to that.

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 09:59 AM
Not a hero?

Sometimes the smallest act of disobedience can have the biggest influence
on a society and it's people. Not giving up ones seat on the bus to a white man comes to mind! That small defiant act sparked an entire movement that called out an unjust social practice. So do not say that he is just a teacher! I carried a gun into combat for my country on many occasions and I have known some fine men and women that where hero's, this teacher is as big a hero as any of them. It takes guts to make a stand in a country where you know you will be punished for your opinion. Not a hero? Rosa Parks must be rolling in her grave over that one.

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 01:12 PM
Wasn't she just tired from walking? She didn't sit on her seat just to make some nobel or poltical statement! She sat down because she was tired. And she got the young pastor Martin Luther King to help her out, and boycott the buses. But look what happenend to him!? He got shot and that was that. Was that a heroic way to go? Surely not! There are no heroes. The dregs of society or "They" make sure of that. That no-one rocks the boat hard enough to cause people to question and demand that the system change. I am not refuting what Rosa Park did. But I doubt she meant to cause polticial upheaval and change things. It was gonna happen, and it happened. She was but the catalyst. Nothing more.

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 01:18 PM

I hope the apparent increase of U.S. pressure on Saudi Arabia helps, as it's disgraceful that we continue to work with a country with such an appalling human rights record.

If you remember correctly it was US presance on Islamic Holy Soil that pissed off a whole generation. Continuing to station troops there is not a good idea. You're not going to change Saudi Society under threat of violence or intimidation (as you've noticed they don't Intimidate very easily).

As for this couragous(or stupid) professor at least he is able to keep his head. Others have not been so lucky for speaking out against the Saudi Establishment.

posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 03:08 PM
A thousand years ago the Muslim world made great advances
in many different areas ... art, literature, and so on.

Now look at what they do to one of the few highly educated
of their brethren in that part of the world.

Does reason have a chance in the Muslim world?
Does advancement? Does art? Does literature?
Does SCIENCE and truth??

Freak'n sad!!

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