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    500 Lashes for Blasphemy

    THE family of an Australian man sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in jail in Saudi Arabia fears he will not survive the punishment.

    Mansor Almaribe, from the Victorian town of Shepparton, was yesterday found guilty of blasphemy by a Saudi Arabian court.

    The 45-year-old father of five was arrested in the city of Medina on November 14 while making the hajj pilgrimage and accused of insulting companions of the prophet Mohammed.

    It's reported he was reading and praying in a group when accosted by religious police and arrested.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Neil Hawkins, had been in touch with authorities to plead for leniency.

    “The Australian ambassador has been in touch with Saudi authorities after a 45-year-old Australian man was sentenced by a court in Saudi Arabia to one year in jail and 500 lashes,” a DFAT spokeswoman said.

    The ambassador would "urgently pursue avenues for leniency with relevant authorities".

    A consular official attended the sentencing, at which Mr Almaribe was initially given a two-year jail term, subsequently reduced.

    One of the man's sons, Mohammed, told the ABC his father had serious health problems.

    “Five hundred slashes on his back and he has back problems. I wouldn't think he'd survive 50,” he said.

    Saudi Arabia enforces a strict form of Sharia or Islamic law and the dominant form of Islam in the country is Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative strand of Sunni Islam.

    Mr Almaribe is a constituent of Liberal MP Sharman Stone, who has called on Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to intervene, “even perhaps to remove the sentence all together if that can be achieved”, she said.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...-1226216008331
    "Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

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    Re: 500 Lashes for Blasphemy

    Thank you for posting this good reason to avoid dogmatic belief like the plague.
    Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion- in the long run these are the only people who count... Robert Heinlein

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    Re: 500 Lashes for Blasphemy

    500 lashes for both of you for insulting the religion of peace! etwhore:
    "Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

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    Re: 500 Lashes for Blasphemy

    GHOST DOG was taking a jab at religion in general. Only I HATE the Religion of Peace
    But not JUST taking a "jab" at religion in general....ALL misinformation and stupidity. (in general)
    Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion- in the long run these are the only people who count... Robert Heinlein

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    Re: 500 Lashes for Blasphemy

    Update:

    He got 75 lashes and survived.


    The family of an Australian man who is flying home after being released from a prison in Saudi Arabia say they are overjoyed and relieved that his harrowing ordeal has finally come to an end.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/austr...#ixzz1mX06u4GL
    "Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

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