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    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...fa7df790b2e655

    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 anti-religion rants on the Internet during his free time.

    Now, he faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for “insulting the divine essence.” Many in this conservative Muslim town say he should be killed for renouncing Islam, and 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.

    Over several years, Husayin is suspected of posting arguments in favor of atheism on English and Arabic blogs, where he described the God of Islam as having the attributes of a “primitive Bedouin.” He called Islam a “blind faith that grows and takes over people’s minds where there is irrationality and ignorance.”

    If that wasn’t enough, he is also suspected of creating three Facebook groups in which he sarcastically declared himself God and ordered his followers, among other things, to smoke marijuana in verses that spoof the Muslim holy book, the Quran. At its peak, Husayin’s Arabic-language blog had more than 70,000 visitors, overwhelmingly from Arab countries.



    Husayin is the first to be arrested in the West Bank for his religious views, said Tayseer Tamimi, the former chief Islamic judge in the area.

    The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is among the more religiously liberal Arab governments in the region. It is dominated by secular elites and has frequently cracked down on hardline Muslims and activists connected to its conservative Islamic rival, Hamas.

    Husayin’s high public profile and prickly style, however, left authorities no choice but to take action.



    Instead, he began going to an Internet cafe — a move that turned out to be a costly mistake. The owner, Ahmed Abu-Asal, said the blogger aroused suspicion by spending up to seven hours a day in a corner booth. After several months, a cafe worker supplied captured snapshots of his Facebook pages to Palestinian intelligence officials.



    He could face a life sentence if he’s found guilty, depending on how harshly the judge thinks he attacked Islam and how widely his views were broadcast, said Islamic scholar Tamimi.

    Even so, a small minority has questioned whether the government went too far.

    Zainab Rashid, a liberal Palestinian commentator, wrote in an online opinion piece that Husayin has made an important point: “that criticizing religious texts for their (intellectual) weakness can only be combatted by … oppression, prison and execution.”
    Sure some internet new atheists can be annoying but I doubt anyone here agrees with the Arabs on this issue.
    Modern man calls walking more quickly in the same direction down the same road “change.”
    The world, in the last three hundred years, has not changed except in that sense.
    The simple suggestion of a true change scandalizes and terrifies modern man. -Nicolás Gómez Dávila

  • #2
    Just another example of how Islam isn't compatible with the West and should be contained and quarantined like any other disease pandemic disease.

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    • #3
      http://www.google.com/search?q=islamic+tolerance

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      • #4
        @ the top result of that

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        • #5
          Another example of theist intolerance.

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          • #6
            Irritating internet trolls tend to bring out the worst in people.
            I make no bones about my moral support for [terrorist] organizations. - chegitz guevara
            For those who aspire to live in a high cost, high tax, big government place, our nation and the world offers plenty of options. Vermont, Canada and Venezuela all offer you the opportunity to live in the socialist, big government paradise you long for. –Senator Rubio

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            • #7
              Islam - a religion of peace. That's why they want to execute or incarcerate someone who doesn't agree with their blind doctine
              Speaking of Erith:

              "It's not twinned with anywhere, but it does have a suicide pact with Dagenham" - Linda Smith

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Provost Harrison View Post
                Islam - a religion of peace. That's why they want to execute or incarcerate someone who doesn't agree with their blind doctine
                We did that sort of thing even in merry old England. Those continentals did all sorts of unspeakable things with burnings, inquisitions and so forth. Those Americans chased witches about and did not nice things. I am sure you will agree that this is all perfectly normal behaviour for the far from normal, if that makes any sense which it almost certainly doesn't.

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                • #9
                  The point being, I think, is that hardline Islam today is at roughly the level of development as Christianity was in the European middle-ages (or later in the US). The separation of Church and State, or not, can be a key factor in whether a religion develops socially or not.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, defending Islam by saying it no different then what we did 400 years ago is really a valid comparison.
                    Yes, burning him in public will prove that he is wrong in saying that Islam is.
                    "“blind faith that grows and takes over people’s minds where there is irrationality and ignorance.”
                    It's almost as if all his overconfident, absolutist assertions were spoonfed to him by a trusted website or subreddit. Sheeple
                    RIP Tony Bogey & Baron O

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                    • #11
                      Is someone defending Islam? I didn't notice.

                      Also, I'm not sure who the "we" are that some are referring to. None of us were alive then. Not even Slowwy.

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                      • #12
                        See post #8
                        It's almost as if all his overconfident, absolutist assertions were spoonfed to him by a trusted website or subreddit. Sheeple
                        RIP Tony Bogey & Baron O

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                        • #13
                          Internet atheists are annoying as hell neckbeards who probably should be put to death. Have you ever seen TheAmazingAtheist on youtube?

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