Death for atheism

The Independent reports:

A man in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been sentenced to death on charges of after losing two appeals. 

Several local media reports identified the man as Ahmad Al Shamri, in his 20s, from the town of Hafar al-Batin, who first came to the authorities’ attention in 2014 after allegedly uploading videos to social media in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. 

He was arrested on charges of atheism and blasphemy and held in prison before being convicted by a local court and sentenced to death in February 2015.

This is appalling. No one should be executed (or criminalised) for their religious beliefs, or for their decision not to believe in God. Such tyranny belongs in the Middle Ages, not 2017.

Hat Tip: No Right Turn

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