This Country Just Declared All Atheists ‘Terrorists’ in New Law
According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws in order to crack down on political dissidents, one of which defines atheists as terrorists.
According to media reports, Saudi King Abdullah has unveiled a number of royal decrees designed to “clamp down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could harm public order.”
Experts believe these moves are intended to counter a growing number of Syrian sympathizers who are increasingly pushing to overthrow their own government, much like the Syrian rebels are attempting to do.
One of the new laws adds to Saudi Arabia’s growing list of what the government defines as a terrorist, adding that terrorism is defined as “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.”
If found guilty, atheists face three to 20 years in prison.
Joe Stork, the deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch told media that “Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism. These regulations dash any hope that King Abdullah intends to open a space for peaceful dissent or independent groups.”
While the laws are also partially designed to crack down on Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group is using these new laws as propaganda to increase recruitment. Ibrahim al-Rybaysh, a spokesperson for Al-Qaeda, released a tape saying “[The Saudi rulers’] employers are the White House.” Addressing the Saudi regime, he stated “You are more American than the Americans themselves.”