Saturday, April 24, 2010

Superstitious Insanity in Saudi Arabia

An article went up on CNN Friday morning detailing the bizarre case of one Ali Hussain Sibat, a Lebanese man currently on death row in Saudi Arabia. It discussed how his lawyer is optimistic that this father of five might not be executed for a crime he was arrested for in 2008. So what heinous crime did Sibat commit to deserve such a harsh sentence, especially one due to be carried out so quickly? Surely he's a murderer, cannibal, or serial rapist, right? After all, Saudi Arabia's an ally of the United States and considered to be one of the Middle East's most modern countries. I mean, this guy couldn't possibly be awaiting decapitation1 for some crazy, made up crime that only the most backwards parts of the world would even have laws about, right?

Right...?

Wrong. Ali Hussain Sibat's life hangs in the balance because last November he was convicted of sorcery. Sorcery.

In Saudi Arabia, being a wizard is crime.

Apparently the details of the case haven't been made fully public, but the article indicates that Mr. Sibat was, for all intents and purposes, some kind of telephone psychic in Lebanon. He was arrested by Saudi Arabian religious police while he was visiting the country as part of an Islamic religious pilgrimage. I'm very curious to find out if they were lying in wait to arrest him (Perhaps he's prominent in the region?) or if he actually did something to attract their attention. In any event, the fact that there are even laws on the books anywhere in the world that so much as treat wizarding as a real thing boggles the mind.

Even though his death sentence was upheld on appeal in March, it appears that Mr. Sibat probably won't face the headsman thanks to the intervention of the Lebanese government. Really though, it saddens me to think that in the 21st century there's international debate over whether freakin' sorcery is a punishable crime.

Naturally I'll try and keep up with this story and will keep readers abreast of any developments.

1.) Turns out they cut people's heads off in Saudi Arabia. Who knew?

25 comments:

Jay said...

Dennis - how about a little dressing with that word salad?

Do you actually think any of this makes sense to anyone other than the voices in your head?

Skippy the Skeptic said...

Sorry Dennis. In my magnanimity I've decided to allow you to post your verbal droppings in the other thread, but that's it.

DM said...

jay... i am clear as a CRYSTAL BALL...

Jay said...

Since crystal balls are as useless and pointless as your comments, I think that's an apt comparison, Dennis.

Skippy the Skeptic said...

Oh wow, an actual typed comment from Dennis rather than one of his cut and paste jobs. :-D

To be honest, I've long wondered if he was just a bot.

Jay said...

Dennis - this verbal sewage is no more convincing or profound the fortieth time you post it than it was the first.

Now why don't you make like a good little troll and sod off?

Skippy the Skeptic said...

At least he's consolidating a bunch of his usual posts into one super-long one. Decreases the time it takes me to delete it from 9 seconds to about 3.

I'll admit this is kind of childish, but it's also just a bit cathartic to actual jab at a troll for a while.

DM said...

you should JUST SHUT UP, skippy

Skippy the Skeptic said...

Hey, Dennis, remember like two years ago when you threatened to crawl out of my TV and kill me like the chick from "The Ring"?

You're f'd up, dude.

:-3

Jay said...

Skippy, I think maybe Dennis is attempting to compensate for something...

DM said...

YOUR *****FINAL WARNINGS*****



THE BOOBQUAKE - 911


they thought BOOBIES had no effect... WRONG!

http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html


http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/quick-clarification-about-boobquake.html


see how we take a term and convert in into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION - THAT OF LIBERATION - not just merely harmless expression...


they thought BOOBIES had no effect... WRONG!


FOR THE *HEADLESS IDIOT* called m.shermer


http://www.skeptic.com/Merchant2/graphics/audio_video/av558_lg.jpg


this is your *FINAL WARNING*



____________________________________
the really SHARP END OF OCCAM’S RAZOR…


they mix SKEPTICISM with ATHEISM…


KABOOM…


Now I want you to listen to this little f*cker...


http://www.ted.com/talks/james_randi.html


Randi:


When I see your UGLY FACE I understand why you are an atheist

_________________________________


now I want you to watch this video of DELUSION...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW2zsobxJDU


with the atheists:


they start begging when they start dying...


_____________________


Atheists,


but you have NO ANSWER TO DEATH... therefore you FAIL...


the Death of Ath*ism


*********************************


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8-Yxdphsg


DEATH TRAP


**********************************


THE REAL QUESTION:


DOES ATHEISM HAVE A FUTURE?


AND THE ANSWER - NO!


Atheists,


GET OUT OF MY UNIVERSE


you little liars do nothing but antagonize…


and you try to eliminate all the dreams and hopes of humanity…


but you LOST…


THE DEATH OF ATH*ISM - SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF GOD


Crystal Night, Atheists!


FINALE:


Have I said this before?


***********************************

http://theatheistwars.free0host.com/

***********************************


PULLING THE PLUG on atheism


http://www.firstscience.com/site/articles/coles.asp




[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3228845133_3599f8108f.jpg[/img]


bye


[img]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20090126/as-indonesia-solar-eclipse/images/c52d9d50-7ca2-4c3a-b13c-c866836298c8.jpg[/img]




Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism…


*************************************


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ


*************************************


atheists deny their own life element…


LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?


********************************

***************************LIGHT*********

************************************


___________


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC7Sg41Bp-U


E=MC2


____________


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmtK-X_MV0k&feature=fvw


DOWN THE TOILET!!!


_____________

http://open.salon.com/blog/sandra_no_longer_miller/2009/02/13/my_funny_valentine/files/lamb1234553042.jpg



LAMB POWER!


_____________________

UNDERSTAND!!!?

Shermer - Randi - Myers - Harris - Dawkins VS. NOSTRADAMUS - EINSTEIN - MARKUZE

you are ANNIHILATED!!!

crystal night is a reference to when the SUN IS ECLIPSED...

--------------------------------------

Repent and turn to God or be destroyed...

LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?


********************************
***************************LIGHT*********
************************************ or death...

LIGHT!

Skippy the Skeptic said...

You had me at "Boobquake" but lost me again with all the crazy.

Jay said...

Hahahahahaha!

Just when I thought Dennis couldn't make less sense...

What's the problem with boobs, Dennis? Scared of 'em? (o)(o)

DM said...
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Jay said...

Dennis is unable to see that there is a difference between raving word salad and actually making any sort of sense.

You keep promising that we're getting our final warnings, yet you still keep turning up with more incomprehensible frothy screeds.

Make up your mind.

DM said...

let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE* of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*,
which is completely divorced from any human objectives…

this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*
http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm

Jay said...

So UNcritical thinking is something that we should work towards? I can see what it's done for you, Dennis. I think I'll pass.

Jay said...

Dennis - just for you, here's a link to some really nice boobies.

Careful, now. I wouldn't want you to hurt anything.

Skippy the Skeptic said...

Critical thinking is why we have vaccinations and a space station, whereas UNcritical thinking is why I have some dingleshit constantly posting goofy Nostradamus nonsense on my blog.

That's really a pretty nice illustration...

Jay said...

I kinda liked them.

DM said...

*************************************************
how about I believe in WHATEVER I want - even in the FLYING SPAGHETTI
MONSTER! - and you have nothing to say!
*******************************************************************

let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE*
of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*, which is completely divorced from
any human objectives...

this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*
**
THE BOOBQUAKE - 911!
***
hey, atheists don't even BELIEVE IN BOOBIES!!!
they thought BOOBIES had no effect... WRONG!

see, I just want to make it clear to the rest of you:
jen is unable to see that there is a CONFLICT BETWEEN EROS & SCIENCE....

http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html

http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/quick-clarification-about-boobquake.html

see how we take a term and convert it into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION - THAT
OF LIBERATION - not just merely harmless expression...

Visit for the BOOBQUAKE:

http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm


why do you waste your time with such nonsense as *atheism*? Who are you trying to convince of your delusion?


turn to MARXISM...

Jay said...

Dennis, didn't you give us our "final" warning a couple of weeks ago? We were kind of hoping that would mean you'd go darken someone else's comment box.

Why do *you* waste your time trolling the internet and spewing bizarre non-arguments? I've seen better written, more well-reasoned arguments on bathroom walls.

Maybe you should trade in your current delusional architecture for one that allows you to write in complete sentences.

Skippy the Skeptic said...

On the plus side I'm pretty sure he just linked us to pictures of boobs.

Jay, do you think it's weird and depressing being a crazy guy, or do you reckon Dennis actually feels some satisfaction and erroneously believes he's making some kind of useful contribution to the world?

Jay said...

I suspect that whatever is going on in his head seems normal to him.

Whether he has occasional moments of lucidity where he could legitimately reflect on his actions, I don't care to guess.

DM said...
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