Let this be a teachable moment when your leftist friend, who probably has more than a few atheist tweets of their own, defend Islam and claim Christians are the intolerant ones. Those pesky Christians only roll their eyes at you or LOL you when an atheist says something inane. Also, Christians can still find common ground with reasonable atheists, like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins. Who, frankly, can be pretty intellectually honest. Especially about Islam.
But how does Islam deal with an atheist saying atheist things? Hint: a lot more than an eye-roll. Try a prison sentence and corporal punishment…
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of Twitter posts.
Al-Watan online daily said Saturday that religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teachings fueled hostilities.
It says the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The report did not name the man.
The court also fined him 20,000 riyals, about $5,300.
Sharia Law, folks.
Now’s about the time some liberal sympathizers say “Not all Muslims!” and “But Christians are just as bad! RELIGION IS THE PROBLEM.” Except no, not true. It’s even not true when you type with ALL CAPS. Christians may not be prefect, but in what current Christian country is someone whipped 2,000 times for saying they don’t believe in God?
Also, this didn’t happen in Iraq. This didn’t happen in Iran. This didn’t happen in Syria where ISIS is devouring everything it can, except for the pigs. This happened in Saudi Arabia (see also Shares our Values? Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death for Converting). Sure, not what some people would call “moderately Islamic” but some people would call it “moderately Islamic.” It’s as moderately Islamic as tabasco sauce is moderately hairspray.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 72 virgin times. Islam sucks. It sucks hard. Ask this atheist who doesn’t buy into Allah, the virgins, or perhaps the call to kill the infidels.
Which brings up my next and final point. If Islam is the religion of peace (trademark pending), if Muslims are moderate people…where are the moderate Islamists calling for this man’s pardoning? Where are they marching in protest for this man’s life?
It’s because, spoiler alert, they’re not “moderate” at all. It’s a myth.