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Regarding the host of a TV show (and father of 5) who was arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for "practicing sorcery" on his show--which is produced and aired in Lebanon.

According to Arab News, an English language Saudi daily newspaper, after the most recent verdict was issued, the judges in Medina issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show, adding that this sentence would deter others from practicing sorcery.

Saudi Arabia, CNN.com 49 Comments [3/28/2010 6:12:45 PM]
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dingo

........Lebanon isn't gonna be too happy about that.

3/28/2010 6:15:16 PM

Old Viking

Sounds a little harsh.

3/28/2010 6:20:05 PM

K

Glad to see North America hasn't cornered the market on stupid.

3/28/2010 6:25:21 PM

Tykittää

Sounds awfully like the fate that befell Stephen Fry in V For Vendetta

3/28/2010 6:25:50 PM

LDM

Since when can a country arrest, try and condemn the citizen of another country for a "crime" not even committed in their country?

I'm anti-war, but I would sooo look the other way if anyone ever started bombing that country.

3/28/2010 6:50:07 PM



"According to his lawyer, Sibat, who is 48 and has five children, would predict the future on his show and give out advice to his audience."

The real question, as I see it, is: were his predictions accurate? If so, then he should be able to claim prophet status. If not, then he's a false prophet, and the Bible and the Koran are clear as to his punishment.

Sometimes I think it would be a good idea to submit all the "prophets" we have here in the US to the test...

3/28/2010 6:54:01 PM

Arnold Facepalmer

If we are supposedly going after Islamic extremism why are we in Afghanistan instead of bombing the fuck out of the Saudis?

Don't bother- I know the answer.

3/28/2010 6:55:23 PM

JohnTheAtheist

Thanks for the reminder that the problem is not christianity. The problem is faith.

3/28/2010 7:11:44 PM

name

@1139903

Some Muslims believe the line of prophecy ended with Mohamed. Under their logic, he can't be a prophet.

3/28/2010 7:24:43 PM

Sisyphus

Any bets the people who would condemn a father of 5 to death are the same people who would describe themselves as "pro-life"?

@Arnold Facepalmer: I thought the same thing!

3/28/2010 7:40:19 PM

campbunny

They're only "moderate" when they're weak.

3/28/2010 7:48:44 PM

aboveathletics

Fuck the Saudis and their pedophile prophet, there I said it. Seriously, Pat Robertson and his ilk are amusingly dumb and everything, but they would never go this far.

3/28/2010 7:48:47 PM



If he'd been screwing nine year old girls like Mohommed did, and decreeing in his predictions for the furture that women should be oppressed even further, they'd be hailing him as a prophet and holding parades for him.

3/28/2010 7:59:13 PM

Mister J

@aboveathletics

That's because they CAN'T right now. In spite of the massive lobbying done by the religious right to pervert progress made in cases such as gay marriage or abortion, Pat and his ilk do not have a majority in Congress to drive through the constitutional changes necessary to transform the US into the same backwards theocracy as Saudi Arabia, which pretty much had a head-start by being theocratic to begin with.

However, I am positive that if they ever got their way we'd be in a similar situation in the US too- you ever read "A Handmaid's Tale"? Scary stuff.

3/28/2010 8:01:08 PM

Mrs. Antichrist

Saudi Arabia's laws are sickening.

3/28/2010 8:02:58 PM



@John the Atheist: Never lose sight of the fact that the people we mock on this site are a small but vocal minority. Most people with religious beliefs are pretty reasonable.

But yes, this is an example of dogma being taken too far. The guy wasn't even a citizen of Saudi Arabia, so this should (hopefully) raise a nice shit storm that will (with luck) result in the guy getting released since Saudi Arabia is imposing its laws on another country's citizen over something that didn't actually occur in the country.

3/28/2010 8:17:48 PM

Dr. Razark

@#1139925

"...Saudi Arabia is imposing its laws on another country's citizen over something that didn't actually occur in the country. "

Ah, but see, god's laws are more powerful than the laws of mere mortals. It worked for the Catholics in the Dark Ages.

3/28/2010 8:25:17 PM

D Laurier.

And we support this country,
And use it as a base from which to devastate secular countrys.


Why?

3/28/2010 8:32:59 PM

Tolpuddle Martyr

Yes, sorcery is serious stuff in Saudi Arabia, marrying pre pubescent girls to crooked, drooling, aged paedo - fossils? Not so serious.

3/28/2010 8:33:21 PM

Dr. Razark

@D Laurier.

"And we support this country,
And use it as a base from which to devastate secular countrys.


Why?"

Oil.

3/28/2010 8:35:06 PM

moose

@ Dr Razark. Good observation. Yep. they think allah supercedes all else. Individual laws of other countries are a non issue. A current issue in one of the most modern muslim states...is the punishment of two people who kissed (evidently, on the cheek) in public who were not married. Xian fundies are ridiculous. Muslim fundies take the cake. They are worse. And yes, what we are writing about it is enough for all of us to be whipped (at least) for saying it if they bring you up for it.

3/28/2010 8:39:00 PM

aaa

Saudi arabia is finding new ways to be more moronic every day.

3/28/2010 10:50:41 PM

The Jamo

It's not sorcery... the proper term is "bullshit". And if you fall for it then you're the gullible idiot that should be hit with a cluebat, not the "sorcerer". Far out, this is like talking to a five-year-old.

3/28/2010 11:28:13 PM

Quantum Mechanic

What?

Nice to know all the idiots aren't in the US.

3/28/2010 11:32:15 PM

Canadia

@#1139925

Religious people? reasonable? yeah, no.

3/28/2010 11:42:05 PM
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