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Sunday, February 24, 2008

They're going to chop Hady Mutief's head off

From my friend and colleague Ali Alyami, Executive Director, The Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Ali is himself a member of the Ismaeli minority.

Hady Muteif was accused of having offended Islam 15 years ago when he was a teenager. He was born and raised in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia. He belongs to the Ismaeli religious minority (offshoot of Shia-Shiites). Under Islamic traditions and teachings, offenders of the faith are forgiven after they repent. Sunni Saudis have slurred religion in the past, but have been pardoned and released from prisons. Religious minorities are considered apostates by the dominant Saudi-Wahhabi state religion.

Washington DC

Feb. 24, 08

To: His Majesty, King Abdullah,

Subject: Pending Chopping of Hady Mutief’s head

Chopping people’s heads for religious slurs is a crime against humanity.
Non-Muslims talk and make fun of their religions and religious leaders every where in the world and no one cares.

Are non-Muslims less human and less believers than Muslims?

On the contrary, non-Muslims have proven, time and again, to be more humane, creative, generous, magnanimous and caring than most Muslims have ever been.

They criticize and make fun of their religions, prophets and holy books without fear of losing their heads to their government’s swords.

Let’s face it your majesty, your family and its ferocious religious extremists use religion to terrorize their subdued and voiceless people for reasons other than love of God.

You use religion as a tool of oppression, torture, killing, squandering of people’s revenues, discrimination against women and minorities, severe gender segregation, incitements against non-Muslims and utter deprivation of all activities that bring joy and happiness to peoples’ hearts.

Using religion as a tool to kill, oppress and terrorize people is a religious barbarity, not religious tolerance, purity and forgiveness.

Chopping Hady Mutief’s head in a public square will only increase people’s fear of their faith not love for it.

Killing Hady has less to do with what he said about Wahhabi Islam and more to do with his religious orientation. Hady belongs to the unlucky Ismaeli religious minority of Najran who has been the target of your family and its Wahhabi vindictive religious fanatic’s wrath for centuries.

Finally your majesty, the medieval kings of Europe and other places killed and oppressed people in the name of God and at the end, they were beheaded, dragged on rough grounds and hanged on sticks until they shrunk to nothingness. It’s only a matter of time before the Saudi religious policies and practices at home and abroad bring colossal retribution to Muslims and their holy shrines.

Chopping Hady’s head in front of his mother and children will only make Islam that more hated by its adherents and the international community. It’s time to embrace civility, maturity, tolerance and respect for the sanctity of human lives.


Ali H. Alyami, Ph. D.

Executive Director, The Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

1050 17 St. NW Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 558-5552; (202) 413-0084; Fax: (202) 536-5210

ali@cdhr.info; www.cdhr.info


  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger Ted said…

    As shocking as it is to learn that a country that sucks off the USA for every bit of modern technology it has, yet is still living in the 11th Century, would turn out to be this oppressive and dictatorial *ahem*, I strongly suspect the letter will never be read by the Saudi King.
    Sure, they live off us because they consider productive work demeaning and degrading - we gladly do it for them out of a spiritualism/socialism-based altruistic mentality - but they still hate our guts.
    Too bad they haven't shewn similar aversion to our money, so we could tell them to eat sand with a clear conscience!

  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger John X said…

    Don't kid yourself about the "altruistic mentality" of the US government toward the Saudis or anyone else.

    What the Saudis have that the US wants, the way a crack whore wants crack, is OIL.


  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    The difference is, you can do very well without crack in your life...

    Saudi Arabia had what may turn out to be the greatest misfortune possible. They've got one of the richest and shallowest oil fields in the world, located between two deep-water ports.

    That, and a population ill-equipped to either exploit it or defend it.

    Remember the Hawaiians...

  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger John X said…

    I'm not sure I have a problem (for now) with Western Civilization realizing it is addicted to oil and taking certain steps to ensure a smooth flow of the goo.

    I just don't like it when governments, US or otherwise, try to bullshit the population into thinking they're behaving altruistically when in fact they are worried shitless about what to do if (never WHEN, which is the more likely scenario) the faucet stops flowing.

    One way or another, some day or another, we're going to have to wean ourselves from petroleum the way we (very successfully) weaned ourselves from whale oil.

    BTW, this has nothing to do with political ideology, and everything to do with simple observation. As much oil as still remains, and as much as there once was, it's getting used up faster than it's being replaced.

    They ain't making any more oil, but they sure as hell are making more people. The handwriting is on the wall.

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Ted said…

    john x, your point is indisputable.
    Google ARAMCO, and you'll find the primary source of self-contradiction all the prophets and proponents of TWOT (the war on "terrissm") conveniently avoid mentioning.
    America has 500 years' supply of petroleum under her own soil! Some say the environmentalists are to blame for our non-exploitation of said resource, ignoring that the lions' share of environmental groups funding comes from oil companies. Others assert a hare-brained scenario that we would rather be slaves to OPEC than use our own resources, so as to eventually corner the market.
    I don't know what's really going on, but I suspect political profiteering plays a big role (perhaps the leading one) in general, and the blank-out/willful ignorance mentality of "we da sheeple" is best supporting.
    "As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand." - Josh Billings.


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