Saudi activist sentenced to 10 years, 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam
"Badawi, a respected rights activist in Saudi Arabia, first got into legal hot water with the Saudi government after starting a liberal website and forum where users could discuss religion."
"The judgment also included a 1 million riyal fine, which is equal to about $267,000."
Do you agree with the sentence? 1,000 lashes? There's not going to be any skin left after that.
If not, what should the international response be? This is a tough one for me because the Saudis are obviously wrong but I don't see much of a chance in them ever changing; if the Saudis do change the laws, that may anger the militants in the country, destabilizing it and possibly restricting the flow of oil to the world. Ideally, I'd want all muslim nations to protect religious minorities and women with a Bill of Rights, but that's not going to happen without a lot of violence like the sort we see in Egypt.