Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, The Independent reports citing Human Rights Watch:
In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on even opinions and thoughts that could “harm public order”.
Article one of the new provisions defines terrorism as “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”. This is a ‘catch-all’ definition and covers ‘thought in any form’ of all non-Muslims, including of a number of Muslim sects not recognised by the Saudi government.
Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch, said: “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.”
The organisation said the new “terrorism” provisions contain language that prosecutors and judges are already using to prosecute and convict independent activists and peaceful dissidents.
This new law can be used against any person who is not a Muslim for a ‘thought in any form’ and does not require any questionable action on his or her part.