The really chilling fact about this story is that his persecutors are the online commenters in Saudi. Some 30,000 tweets, mostly condemning him, came within 24 hours. A Facebook group has been set up to demand Kashgari's punishment (and Facebook has not taken it down). There are 20,000 members already. Some bloggers, it's true, have defended him; but they too have been threatened by the more orthodox contingent.
In the comments on one Saudi newspaper someone claimed that "the only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists." The Saudi information minister tweeted that he had burst into tears when he read Kashgari's tweets. "When I read what he posted, I wept and got very angry that someone in the country of the two holy mosques attacks our Prophet in a manner that does not fit a Muslim ..."
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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