Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari’s handful of ambivalent tweets about Islam’s superhero, Muhammad (such as this one, “On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more”) has unleashed the Wahhabi shit storm on his sorry head.
How dare a Saudi speak honest thoughts honestly!
Here’s Mike Giglio reporting for the Daily Beast:
In a span of just days, the [Muhammad birthday tweets] issue came to dominate social media [in Saudi Arabia]—from the onslaught of tweets under the hashtag #HamzahKashghri to vitriolic YouTube videos and a Facebook group, currently boasting nearly 8,000 members, called “The Saudi People Demand the Execution of Hamza Kashgari”—and reached all the way to top clerics and the king. “There was an amazing anger. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” [Saudi blogger Fouad] al-Farhan says, noting that the outrage in Saudi Arabia has exceeded even the levels seen after a Danish newspaper infamously published a cartoon of Muhammad in 2005.
“I think it’s because this is an extremely unique case. We’ve never had our own Salman Rushdie before. We’ve never had a case as extreme as this one of someone crossing the line,” al-Farhan says.
The besieged tweeter has fled Saudi Arabia for an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia.
What a dungeon Saudi Arabia is. And the United States continues to sell this fanatic theocracy billions upon billions of dollars of weapons that can only be produced by people bearing free minds.
Think about that.
Expect not one peep—not even a tweet—about this outrage to human rights from President Obama’s administration. Here’s the president, for example, indulging the Saudi monarch with an excess of deference, thus lending his implicit support—in the name of multiculturalism?—for the way Saudi Arabia is organized (that is, theocratically):
Where money talks, Saudi tweeters—and the civil liberties of Saudi men and women generally—will always be expendable.