Saudi Arabia And Texas Execute Sorcerers

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I heard a report on National Public Radio about how Saudi Arabia is executing “sorcerers”.  Here is the link to their report; they have an audio version as well.

Sorcery Charges On The Rise In Saudi Arabia

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121715788

The article discusses a Lebanese man who had a television show seen around the Middle East, where he would offer advice and pretty much acted like the typical psychic (real or fake) we see in the West.  He went to Saudi Arabia on his pilgrimage to Mecca, a duty for all Muslims.  Someone recognized him from his television show and he was arrested and charged with sorcery, and was sentenced to death.

I like this quote from the article: 
“You will never know on any given day whether the book you are reading or the words you are saying are going to be interpreted or used against you deliberately as a form of witchcraft,” Whitson says.

WOAH!  HOLY MACKEREL!  I sure the heck won’t visit Saudi Arabia anytime soon!  What a dumbass backward law.  Over there someone could get executed for simply owning a deck of tarot cards.  Now, whomever their society wants to execute is their own holy business.  Thank goodness I don’t live there.  Yet, even someone living outside of Saudi Arabia and just visiting can get arrested and executed for having performed “sorcery” outside their nation.  That is downright inhospitable. I have to wonder how any society can prosper when they adhere to such nonsense.

It makes me very happy to live in America, a nation where the separation between Church and State is written into our constitution.  We don’t have live in fear of religious differences. God bless America! 

Then again, America executes sorcerers too.  Or at least they do in the great state of Texas.  Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted and executed for the deaths of his three children by using arson against them.  However, arson experts agree there was no evidence for arson, just an unintentional fire.  Mr. Willingham was an innocent man executed for a crime that didn’t even exist.  So if there was no evidence of a crime or real motive, why was Todd Willingham murdered by the state of Texas?

Because Mr. Willingham had an Iron Maiden and a Led Zeppelin poster on his wall, and had a skull and serpent tattoo on his arm.  He obviously liked heavy metal, so therefore he must have been a child-abusing sociopathic Satanist.  Any and all appeals were casually disregarded, and he was executed Feb. 17 2004.

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed because the state of Texas believed Cameron Todd Willingham was a Satanist, a cultist, a “sorcerer”.  Check out this shocking video below:

Hmm.  Perhaps America, or at least Texas, and Saudi Arabia are not quite so far apart.  Right around the corner the howling madness of fundamentalism lurks, waiting for its chance to strike.  Hide your tarot cards!

2 Responses to “Saudi Arabia And Texas Execute Sorcerers”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    All arson experts don’t all agree. Several said there was evidence at the time and testified at his trial. Another group at a later date said there was not enough evidence. It is certainly possible that the things you cited were factors. Texas is certainly not immune to stupidity when it comes to jurisprudence (like acquitting someone who admitted to shooting someone, dismembering him and throwing the body into Galveston Bay). However, I have to, in all honesty, object when the data involved is mixed and I don’t know the whole story, as frequently happens when a crime story is reported in the general media.

    I share your dismay that he might have been executed for a crime that never happened, however. I just don’t know if that was the case in this instance.

  2. David Says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am no legal expert, but from what I superficially know about this case, I say an innocent man was killed, and the state of Texas really didn’t give a damn either way. If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs, and if you want to execute a lot of people, sometimes an innocent person will hang. Oh well.

    A number of years ago I was on jury duty for a first-degree murder trial, a gang bang shooting here in Chicago. Somebody shot a gangbanger through their house’s window. The only witnesses were gang members accusing the accused (allegedly part of another gang) as the culprit. What was the credibility of the witnesses? I had trouble understanding what the witnesses were actually saying, the prosecutor had to interpret much of their street talk.

    There was physical evidence, but nothing pointed to the suspect…bullets and such, no fingerprints, no recovered gun, nothing. If there were witnesses that were not rival gang members…say somebody’s grandma, I would have been more willing to accept their testimony.

    It came down to reasonable doubt. We, the jury, did not know if the accused was the shooter, maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t’…we really had no idea outside the testimony of two rival gang members. During the jury deliberations, we tried to play CSI with whatever evidence the court provided. But in the end it came down to reasonable doubt, and acquitted the defendant.

    Was it the right decision? I really didn’t know. But the defense and prosecutor came in afterwards and asked some questions and offered some comments. We found out the defendant was never arrested before (he was in his early 30s). Hmmm. Doesn’t prove he was innocent or guilty, but this information was not allowed in the courtroom.

    If I were on a jury, and the prosecutor came up waving heavy metal posters and tattoos as evidence that someone is a killer…Oh My GOD. Oh please. A man’s life hangs on the fact someone liked heavy metal and has a poster?

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