Thursday, November 26, 2009

The mewling face of Liberal Westernized Islam

At least, according to the Muslims who are actually shooting at us.
When the popular 46-year-old Lebanese psychic Ali Sibat went on-air and made his predictions about the future, the phone lines of the satellite television station Sheherazade used to be flooded with calls...

But while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last year, Sibat was spotted by religious police in the holy city of Medina. Their job it is to battle vice and uphold virtue in the ultraconservative kingdom. So they arrested Sibat in his room at the Medina Hotel on charges of sorcery.

On Nov. 9, Sibat was given a death sentence by a Mecca court for allegedly practicing witchcraft.

Sibat’s fate is common in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. bin Laden and his supporters consider the Saudis to be sell outs.
...Muhammad Burhan...carried a phone booklet with writings in the Tigrinya alphabet from his native Eritrea....

But the booklet convinced Saudi authorities that Burhan was a black magician and charged him with "charlatanry," for which he was lashed 300 times and sentenced to 20 months behind bars. He was then deported after having served more than double the prison term he was sentenced to, according to Human Rights Watch.
Bleeding heart liberal Islamists, those Saudis. At least by the standards of those who take their Islam seriously.

Alexandra Sandels has more in the LA Times.

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