By Raif Badawi
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his options on politics, faith, and liberalism on-line. He used to be sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in criminal, and an outstanding of one million Saudi Riyal, over 1 / 4 of one million U.S. cash. This politically topical polemic gathers jointly Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his evaluations on lifestyles in an autocratic-Islamic country lower than the Sharia and his belief of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the required separation of nation and faith.
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The meaning behind this verse needs no illumination; it is as clear as the light of the sun. Arab thinkers, especially those who are blessed with a freethinking mind, are used to writing between the lines and dancing with their words around such topics. It is the only way for them to pass on their philosophy, particularly because those who present an enlightening rationale are considered blasphemous and atheist. The Arab societies are programmed to consider any freethinking idea to be a moral degradation.
Actually, all monotheistic religions insist on freedom of speech. ’” The meaning behind this verse needs no illumination; it is as clear as the light of the sun. Arab thinkers, especially those who are blessed with a freethinking mind, are used to writing between the lines and dancing with their words around such topics. It is the only way for them to pass on their philosophy, particularly because those who present an enlightening rationale are considered blasphemous and atheist. The Arab societies are programmed to consider any freethinking idea to be a moral degradation.
I don’t know why my characters lived those romantic, painful moments as they mix their love for their land with their love for their women. Maybe, it’s because I truly appreciate the women of the rivers, who slapped the extremist men on the face and woke them up from their delusions. Maybe, finally on a deep personal level, it’s an attempt by me to regain my own childhood and to bring my own sister, and my childhood friends, to the land of this earth. Maybe because I met the love of my life in a church in Damascus on the twenty-first of March, maybe for other reasons I’m not aware of.