A Saudi writer could be put to death for a tweet. Hamza Kashgari has been detained in Malaysia and may soon be extradited to Saudi Arabia where he could face execution for blasphemy. His crime was posting a couple of tweets about the prophet Muhammad, such as “I love many things about you and hate others, and there are many things about you I don’t understand.” and “No Saudi women will go to hell, because it’s impossible to go there twice.” Mild by western standards, these tweets could be the death of this 23 year old blogger. The US has given Saudi Arabia a pass for far too long when it comes to Human Rights. I call on the State Department to do everything in its power to save the life of Hamza Kashgari and to make a strong argument for freedom of speech as a universal right.
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