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2012 February 26 Sunday
Saudis May Kill Journalist For Imaginary Conversation

Be very very careful what you say in Saudi Arabia or just do not go there.

Keep your eye on Hamza Kashgari. He’s the 23-year-old former columnist for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bilad newspaper who had the extremely bad judgment to tweet an imaginary conversation he was having with the prophet Muhammad. In almost no time, he was running for his life, hopping a plane in Jeddah and hoping to reach New Zealand. In Malaysia, where he apparently had to change planes, he was held incommunicado until a private plane arrived from Saudi Arabia. He’s now back home, in jail and possibly facing a death sentence.

So the Malaysian government was quite willing to send Kashgari back to likely death for what he Tweeted.

Next time someone extols to you the virtues of multiculturalism ask them if we should respect other cultures. Then ask them if we should respect the moral values of other cultures. If you are still getting Yes then ask them if we should respect a culture (Egypt) where 84% of the people favor the death penalty for apostasy from Islam and 82% favor death by stoning for adulterers. Or how about a culture like Pakistan where less than a majority clearly favor democracy. Okay?

I do not see all cultures as equally valuable or equally good or equally desirable. I see the death of Arab Christianity at the hands of Muslims as a loss. I see the rises and falls of different cultures and nations as losses and gains that have to be judged on a case-by-case basis. America's promotion of democracy in the Middle East just unleashes Muslim majorities to conduct ethnic cleansing.

Again, see Razib Khan's posts You know barbarians when you see them and Why are Muslims so eloquently barbaric.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 February 26 01:09 PM  Civilizations Clash Of


Comments
Taylor said at February 27, 2012 1:19 AM:

You must be pretty cuckolded to cite Razib Khan approvingly.

His goal is to fuck white women. That's ultimately what the secular, enlightened, wise brown man pose is all about.

Islam is obviously superior since it lets you protect your women and deal with strange men preying on your women like they should be dealt with.

Any culture that doesn't at least give you this isn't culture, it's cuckoldry.

Mthson said at February 27, 2012 8:57 AM:

Frequent sex is for neanderthals. Focus on long-term productivity and contributions to science & technology. Short-term thinkers (most of the population) are always filled with regret when they see what you've built with your time.

Razib's writings are always rationalist and data-focused, including on dating.

Peter said at February 28, 2012 12:21 AM:

Randall, I believe your figures for Egypt are for Muslims in Egypt rather than the nation as a whole. About ten percent of .egyptians are Christian. So probably seventy plus percent of all Egyptians support death penalty for the two things u mentioned.


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