Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery."
According to Arab News, an English language Saudi daily newspaper, after the most recent verdict was issued, the judges in Medina issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show, adding that this sentence would deter others from practicing sorcery. Arab News reports that the case will now return to the appeals court in Mecca.
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20 March 2010
Guests at the Penarik Inn here were flabbergasted by the actions of a group of men said to be from the state Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) who conducted a raid yesterday morning.
Guests claimed they were rudely awakened at 2.25am by loud, incessant banging on their chalet doors…….
He said during the raid yesterday, a couple was taken away by the group and were only sent back at 6am after they proved that they were legally married.
"It was a harrowing experience for them. They checked out immediately and I don't know if they will ever stay at my chalet again."
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ISLAM & CHRISTIANITY
The central city of Jos is on high alert after Sunday's Nigeria violence in which a late-night attack by herdsmen killed up to 500 people from nearby farming villages. The attack has been seen as a reprisal for attacks in January, in which about 300 herdsmen were killed by youth from the farming community.
Jos is also right on the de facto fault line separating the Nigeria's mainly Muslim north from its mainly Christian south. The farming community in Jos are primarily Christians of the Berom ethnic group, while the herders are ethnic Fulanis who practice Islam.
CHRISTIANITY (Roman Catholic)
A report commissioned by the Church the following year said more than 4,000 US Roman Catholic priests had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years, in cases involving more than 10,000 children - mostly boys.
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Religious hypocrites and ‘holier than thou' attitudes are combining with lack of education, and fear, through ignorance, of the various religious leaders.
Abuse of power and trust, the mixing of politics and religion are some of the root causes of such events as those illustrated above.
Freedom of religion should be upheld everywhere, it is after all a basic human right.
We all should have respect for all religions and their followers. At the same time should strongly condemn all types of shameful behaviour carried out in the name of religion.
Religious belief, or not believing in religion, being an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, or whatever a person believes in or does not believe in, is a personal and private matter.
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