Friday, November 12, 2010

Jailed for "insulting the divine essence"

'QALQILIYA, West Bank — A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars — caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down.

The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from this backwater West Bank town, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority — and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.
Residents of Qalqiliya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin — the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar — was leading a double life.

Known as a quiet man who prayed with his family each Friday and spent his evenings working in his father's barbershop, Husayin was secretly [posting] his anti-religious opinions on the Internet during his free time.

The media in the Palestinian Authority, as in the Arab world in general, are largely government-controlled, driving dissenting voices to the relative freedom of the Internet. The blogger's arrest showed a willingness on the part of the Palestinian government to clamp down on freedom of speech on the Web as well. He now faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for "insulting the divine essence."

Many in this conservative Muslim town say that isn't enough, and suggested he should be killed for renouncing Islam. Even family members say he should remain behind bars for life.
"He should be burned to death," said Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a 35-year-old Qalqiliya resident. The execution should take place in public "to be an example to others," he added.'


Mister Ghost said...

I'm going to paraphrase Robert Spencer here and say:

"A brittle faith and ideology" is one "that can stand no questioning or dissent."

Mr. Walid Husayin's prospects for continued existence in the Islamic world are not looking so good. My guess is some human rights group gets him out to the West eventually.

Maury said...

There's no way to tell how many Muslims feel the same. It's not like they can avoid Mosque, or not wear the hijab. At least not in Arab countries.

Dolly leads the same kind of double life. She would never brag about her Takfiri opinions around Belgrade. To me, that's a hypocrite. But, hypocrisy might be a desirable trait to Takfiri's. Sort of like murdering innocent people, or dealing drugs while chopping fingers of smokers. They just make it up as they go along.

Bruno said...

Maury! There's a Muslim behind you!


just kidding. You can climb off the chandelier, now.