Another Saudi Christian in Big Trouble
Another Saudi national has waded into controversy and possibly worse after he insulted the Prophet Mohammad via Twitter on Wednesday. Hamoud Saleh Al-Amri is a self-described convert to Christianity who lives in Mecca and calls himself the "Mecca Pastor." Muslim social network users are openly calling for his arrest and trial, some even calling for death (The only way to silence those who insult God and his prophet).
Al-Amri was first arrested in 2004 for "attacks on Islam," where he was detained for 9 months and in 2008 for one month where he was tortured with sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, physical torture, and continual insults. Arrested again in 2009, He was released March 28th, 2009 on the grounds that he wouldn't travel outside of Saudi Arabia or appear on the media. He attributed his release to the efforts of the Cairo-based Arab Network for Human Rights Information, though the director of the organization claims they were not responsible and believes Al-Amri was extreme to write about Christianity under an Islamic government. If you doubt his sincerity, here is his blog, "Wake up unsuspecting."
As reported in Arutz Sheva.
In one Tweet, he wrote, "I say about Muhammad... anyone who has read his biography knows that his words contain a great deal of shabbiness."
"Muhammad permitted vile abuse of non-Muslims and infidels, and killing even Muslims, insofar as it resulted in victory for Islam," he wrote in another.
"I discovered that corruption and nepotism under the yoke of the Saudi regime is due to Muhammad," he wrote in another Tweet. "Failing to acknowledge that Muhammad's teachings are criminal, impious and intrusive makes it impossible to mend our circumstances."
He also tweeted that he "loved Muslims," but added "any Muslim who wrote the same things I have written about Jesus would not be charged in court."
Meanwhile, Hazma Kashgari, about whom I wrote two weeks ago, has since repented a series of tweets he made as prosecutors prepare to interrogate and charge him with blasphemy. Kashgari's posts sparked outrage and prompted thousands to call on a Facebook page entitled "The Saudi people demand Hazma Kashgari's execution" for him to be executed, and he is currently awaiting trial.
However, Saudi public prosecutors are not only planning charges against Kashgari, but are also probing both those who expressed support for him online and those who aided him in his flight the country.
They are not alone either; Iran has an easy way of dealing with people who do things online that displease the mullahs. Kill them.