As of this morning, 18,000 is the number of Facebookers calling for the death of Hamza Kashgari for Twitter blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad. The number was 8,000 on Thursday, 13,000 on Friday, and 16,000 on Saturday.
Does anyone know of a Facebook page or other web page devoted to Hamza Kashgari’s liberty—started either by a Muslim or non-Muslim? Where’s the Free Hamza Kashgari! Facebook page?
Below is one of the tweets that got Hamza Kashgari in hot water with the Wahhabi theocrats and Saudi government. I like its pro-feminist sentiment, it’s caustic and clever. Voltaire would have smiled. It’s outrageous that this young man’s voice is being so roughly silenced.
No Saudi women will go to hell, because it’s impossible to go there twice.
In a freer world, Hamza Kashgari might have been a budding Saudi Arabian Mark Twain or activist on behalf of the rights of women. But for being irreligious, feminist, funny—and confessing to doubts—he’s been arrested.
It’s time for free-thinking Muslims and free people everywhere—and those belonging to the doubting and feminist communities—to speak on his behalf. WWCHD. (What would Christopher Hitchens do?) This is an existential moment.