I am so happy that Saudi Arabia stands with the United States in the fight to end terrorism and support the ideas of democracy. OK, some of you become upset because there are no political parties in Saudi Årabia, there is no free press, there is no freedom of religion, and there is no atheist allowed. BUT, Saudi Arabia is against al-Qaeda and against terrorists. OK, so the government does on a few occasions employ terrorist acts against those who dissent, but it is against the bad guys who blew up things in America so give the Saudi government the benefit of the doubt. King Abdullah announced a few new regulations. New procedures define “terrorism” as “calling for atheist thought in any form or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which the country is based.”
Joe Stork of Middle East Human Rights Watch responded with a negative remark: “these regulations dash any hope that King Abdullah intends to open a space for peaceful dissent among independent groups.” Wait a second, Joe, he will allow any Muslim to defend the Muslim religion. Isn’t that a form of dissent?