Raif Badawi, of Saudi Arabia, was today given the first 50 lashes of 1000. This barbarity is to continue for another 19 weeks. He has also been sentenced to ten years imprisonment as well as being fined for his crime.
What did he do? He wrote on his blog of the importance of freedom of thought and expression. He did not steal, maim, rape or kill anyone. His government fear his words so much they have chosen to punish him as an example in order to quieten others in that country.
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