Amnesty Says Saudi Beheading for Sorcery “Shocking”

Reuters, Yahoo! News, December 13, 2011

Rights group Amnesty International has described as “deeply shocking” Saudi Arabia’s beheading of a woman convicted on charges of “sorcery and witchcraft,” saying it underlined the urgent need to end executions in the kingdom.

Saudi national Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was executed on Monday in the northern province of al-Jawf after being tried and convicted for practicing sorcery, the interior ministry said, without giving details of the charges.

“The citizen . . . practiced acts of witchcraft and sorcery,” Saudi newspaper al-Watan cited the interior ministry as saying. “The death sentence was carried out on the accused yesterday (Monday) in the Qurayyat district in al-Jawf region.”

Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, has no written criminal code, which is instead based on an uncodified form of Islamic sharia law as interpreted by the country’s judges.

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  • dd

    Dear Lefties:

    To those of you who think “diversity” is a strength, please explain this one.

  • Guilty Liberal

    To paraphrase Jay-Z, they’ve got 99 problems but a witch ain’t one. More seriously, there are some disturbing intersections between misogyny in African-American culture and misogyny in Islamic cultures. Both treat women with a sort of fear and loathing that I suspect impedes material progress.

  • Anonymous

    A state just murdered someone. But, because it’s a story about Islam, there will be muted liberal concern.

  • Question Diversity

    AI says this is “shocking.” To say that it’s “shocking” must think that beheadings as punishment for specious crimes is out of character for fundamentalist Muslims living under Shari’ah Law. When we all know that far from “man bites dog,” it’s more like “dog bites man.” Reading Jihad Watch daily should convince you of that. Notwithstanding any gripes I have with certain elements of the Spencer/Geller mentality.

  • highduke

    Witchcraft and sorcery undermine monotheism. Death may be extreme but public executions like beheading are part of European tradition and we fool ourselves by thinking we’re above it all by keeping the public from seeing it or even legislating against capital punishment. If justice is served, why hide it if not solely for the sake of putting on airs?

  • Enough

    I wouldn’t spend a lot of tears on an executed witch until you know the real facts of the case. I have seen a lot of horrific reports of witchcraft in Africa where babies, albino Africans and whites are dismembered during the practice of “magical” rites designed to bring prosperity and power to the practitioners. Perhaps this is a similar circumstance.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some public beheadings in the United States for some of the torture/rape/murder crimes so often reported on this very site. Especially if we could administer justice in a more rapid fashion instead of paying to house violent criminals whose crimes make it impossible to imagine them ever being allowed to re-enter civil society for decades.

    Would any of you cry tears over the beheading of the Knoxville Horror monsters?

  • Bill R

    highduke: because, this is the 21st century and only Muslims and third worlders behave this way, and believe the garbage about witchcraft actually working or being a threat. I don’t even want to know how the Saudis define “witchcraft” and “sorcery”. By the way, highduke, Saudi law calls for beheading ANY infidel who will not submit to Islam. it’s why the Taliban used hunting knives to laboriously and grotesquely decapitate capture US soldiers. Islam is evil. That’s Satan’s work, not whatever the unfortunate victim in this beheading did.

  • Robert Binion

    In this country, execution of those who peddle false idol and meaningless incantation would result in the depopulation of Madison Avenue. What is so fine about monotheism, about the erasure of any reverence for the Feminine? How noble is the beating of women and torture of dogs? A pagan aspirant, I would take a six-pack of scruffy Greek gods any day. Maybe, they do not inspire a sermon in stones but, at least, their catechism is not the stone itself.

  • Anonymous

    I have decidedly mixed feelings on this. On the one hand it is an excellent example of EXACTLY WHY we should NOT be letting people from this area of the world and from this type of background into any western country. On the other hand what these people do in their OWN COUNTRIES is not really my concern.

    As an historical aside between 1625 and 1628, the Bishop of Wurzburg burnt 9,000 persons for witchcraft, and, in 1640-41, 1,000 were burnt in the Silesian principality of Neisse. (The conduct of war), Major-General J.F.C. Fuller.

  • White Guy In Japan

    #9-Nice fact, but in general the Christain world has moved away from burning witches and torturing scientists. The Islamic world still beheads unbelievers and “witches”.

    Don’t worry, I am sure they can blame the Great Satan of America for this somehow.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently the actual offense is what we would call QUACKERY or Health Fraud. Things like that should carry some kind of legal liability but beheading is obviously way too severe.

    From the Daily Mail UK:

    The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, chief of the religious police who arrested the woman, as saying she had tricked people into thinking she could treat illnesses, charging them $800 (£500) per session.

  • Sick of It

    Coming to a neighborhood near you, courtesy of your local liberals.

  • flying tiger

    I wonder what they would think of Sabina, the teenage witch.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    So, how long before the Caliphate of Michigan starts beheading children for reading “Harry Potter”?

  • Tom

    What’s shocking about it? Muslim-run countries are dictatorships. There is no rule of law, or human rights, or freedom of speech. Just some guy in a beard telling everyone else how it is, and if you don’t like it- they’ll chop off body parts. Western democracy is an alien concept to Islamists. It really is that simple.

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    From what I`ve read, and it`s darn little, the sorcery charge would be more akin to the con of faith healing. Think Gypsy fortune teller or curando…She was taking money to “heal” people of illness. Now on to another gripe. I hate it when people say, Provide a link or shut up!!. Uh, no… that`s your problem. I`m here to run my mouth and give my opinion with or without documentation. It`s my choice. If you want to prove my assertion go right ahead and dispute or validate it at your leisure. I`m not here to be your blog busboy. I have the right to throw out opinion or fact without backup and you have the right to just take it or leave it…Jus saying folks!!

  • patthemick

    Well their laws are clear and the woman was running a scam on her fellow citizens. As long as they stay in their country and don’t try to impose on my country they can do as they please while we tut tut from a safe distance.

  • Anonymous

    If you are aware how violent and barbaric their religion and culture is, this is not shocking. I suppose Muslim apologists will claim how they are still the religion of peace, and how Saudi’s version of Islam doesn’t reflect the rest of them, but that is still not an excuse.

  • highduke

    re: post #7 – Muslims act this way because they haven’t accepted the most toxic elements of 21st century Modernity’s lifestyle and ideologies that the West invented to destroy itself and the East. If Gulf Arabs acted like Europeans do today, they’d have a dying population and many problems that no other group besides Europeans have. We got weak.

  • Whirlwinder

    What is the problem? Islam is just enforcing shariah law. If Amnesty Intl. had the slightest knowledge about Islam through the Koran, Sira and Hadiths, that this is just business as usual, why, it is just another day in Saudi Arabia. And, you know what? Islam and shariah are marching through America right now and our political leaders know even less about Islam than does Amnesty Intl. Gives you a great feeling of security, doesn’t it!

  • john

    By all means, we must do all we can to encourage Muslims to emigrate to our country, and for those already here we should encourage them to breed as prolifically as possible.

  • Anonymous

    Arabs are a low-IQ desert people whose wealth comes exclusively from Western achievement (the internal combustion engine and the subsequent need for oil).

  • SFLBIB

    Did the sorcery and witchcraft stop after the execution? My bet is it didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Highduke,

    >>

    re: post #7 – Muslims act this way because they haven’t accepted the most toxic elements of 21st century Modernity’s lifestyle and ideologies that the West invented to destroy itself and the East. If Gulf Arabs acted like Europeans do today, they’d have a dying population and many problems that no other group besides Europeans have. We got weak.

    >>

    Here’s the holes in that argument.

    1. The Arabs aren’t ‘beating us’ in a game where maximums win.

    2. We weren’t convinced to do this by Arabs or Islam but by the

    left leaning idiots of our own society with pleas for global

    population control _which only whites have listened to_.

    Because only whites are selling it.

    According to _Eurabia_, the nations of the Arab peninsula (which admittedly include Syria, Turkey and Iraq, not geographically or ethnically ‘attached’) have gone from 80 million or so in 1953 to 320 million in 2003. That’s a 400$ increase in an SWA environment which has an average IQ in the low 80s. i.e. Below that of American Blacks.

    They don’t need to be breeding that fast.

    And yet, despite or perhaps because they terrorize their women into traditional social roles, they are an out of control population looking for a war to justify the doctrines of Mohammed.

    That’s all Islam really is. A doctrine for the enabling of worldwide Dar Al Harb. The House Of War. Providing foot soldiers to pillage and loot continuing tribute from the victim next door.

    The planet cannot sustain that type of population bloom in a world where modern weapons make numbers of warriors pointless. And we should not emulate nor envy their existence, based on the false assumption that 300-310 million Americans is a low number compared to the likes of China, India and Africa.

    We are headed for a Malthusian Event of non-comparably horrific numbers which will dwarf WWII by orders of magnitude.

  • Anonymous

    Let me guess…they gang raped her, repeated, and if she cried out or fought back in any way then…she was a “witch!” Just like these people do to ANY unescorted woman in their countries “to teach her a lesson” about “going without the protection of a man”.

    It’s insane. They want to “scare all women into compliance” with these stone age “rules” by committing crimes against them. It’s nuts.

    This is why all of Europe needs to expel them all. Most of the Muslims are non-Whites anyhow.

  • Lorin

    The strongest concern for a story like this is the way Muslims are gradually gaining support in America for the implementation of Sharia laws in American courts.

    It is my understanding that if a Muslim commits any sort of crime against a non-Muslim, they essentially have committed no crime. Due in large part to non-Muslim’s lack of legal standing in their criminal court system.

    It’s time for white America to wake up and realize what has been happening for decades. Our “dear leaders” have sold us out to the highest bidder and are in the process of orchestrating the downfall of our country.

    I urge everyone to vote out career politicians, if possible ask questions of new politicians about what they are doing for the white race. The days of putting all others before ourselves must end. White guilt needs to be put in the history bin and a new allegiance of white pride must be forged.

  • Anonymous

    16 — Tim Mc Hugh wrote at 6:32 AM on December 15:

    “From what I`ve read, and it`s darn little, the sorcery charge would be more akin to the con of faith healing. Think Gypsy fortune teller or curando…She was taking money to “heal” people of illness. Now on to another gripe. I hate it when people say, Provide a link or shut up!!. Uh, no… that`s your problem. I`m here to run my mouth and give my opinion with or without documentation. It`s my choice. If you want to prove my assertion go right ahead and dispute or validate it at your leisure. I`m not here to be your blog busboy. I have the right to throw out opinion or fact without backup and you have the right to just take it or leave it…Jus saying folks!!”

    Well said TIm. I got into a discussion recently and voiced my opinion about Black violence against Whites and the response implied that I get all my information from Fox News, which proved only that they never even watch FOX because if they did they would realize that FOX is no more honest than the other media when it comes to reporting the truth about Black crime.

    Another annoyance is when they pin the Limbaugh label on anyone who takes a rightist position re. race. Limbaugh is one of the biggest Black butt kissers on the planet.

  • Laager

    Well, well – so Amnesty International is “deeply shocked”

    A year ago a friend and I met with AI to alert them to the Silent Boer Genocide taking place in South Africa. We drew their attention to some clips available on Youtube

    So far Amnesty International has said nothing at all.

    This is despite some 40,000 whites being randomly slaughtered since “freedom” in 1994

    But as its blacks killing whites it is a non issue as this gratuitous violence can probably be attributed to some obscure motives of slavery, colonialism, apartheid, deprivation, oppression etc. etc. ……