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No democracy, no freedom under Islam

No democracy, no freedom under Islam

Responding at the beginning of 2014 to public outrage over an alleged blasphemous article, Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, above, urged calm, telling the protesters he would take:

All necessary measure to defend Islam and its prophet.

Islam, he added:

Is above everything, above democracy and freedom.

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Today it’s reported here that the man who sparked the fury in the west African country – Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, above – has been sentenced to death.

This is Mauritania’s first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960.

Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read out late Wednesday in a court in Nouadhibou in the northwest of the country.

He was revived and taken to prison.

Mohamed has been in custody since January 2, after his arrest for an article he wrote that appeared briefly on several Mauritanian websites.

His text challenged some decisions taken by Islam’s “prophet” Mohammed and his companions during holy wars.

During his trial, the judge told Cheikh Ould Mohamed he was accused of apostasy:

For speaking lightly of the Prophet Mohammed.

The defendant pleaded not guilty and said it was “not his intention to harm the prophet,” a judicial source said.

No information was immediately available on whether he would appeal.

Local Islamic organisations said it was the first time a text critical of Islam had been published in the country.

Mauritania upholds the strict Islamic law known as sharia. But it has not meted out the harshest punishments provided under that law, such as executions and floggings, for nearly three decades.

Mauritania last executed a prisoner in 1987, according to Amnesty International. Capital punishment is mainly reserved for murder and acts of terrorism.

President Aziz was “accidentally” shot in 2012 when a military patrol fired on a convoy in which he was travelling. He recovered in a Paris hospital.

In his article, Cheikh Ould Mohamed, named by some local media outlets as Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir, claimed “an iniquitous social order” was being perpetuated in Mauritania, with an underclass that was “marginalised and discriminated against from birth” and to which he belonged.

His court-appointed lawyers had asked for leniency on the grounds their client was repentant.

But the judge agreed to the prosecutor’s request for the death penalty, ruling that the country’s criminal statutes called for capital punishment for any Muslim:

Who has renounced Islam explicitly or through acts or words in that sense.

The verdict was met with shouts of acclaim from the court’s public gallery, while on the streets there were jubilant scenes as cars sounded their horns.

19 responses to “No democracy, no freedom under Islam”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    Muslim Mauritania was the last nation on the planet to pass a law to ban slavery. In the year 2007. Yes, in the year two thousand and seven AD. All of the last nations on earth to outlaw slavery were Muslim nations. And the largest practitioners of illegal yet open slavery on earth today are Muslims.

    But heaven forbid this be discussed openly among the peace and justice crowd. That would bring charges of Islamophobia.

  2. Broga says:

    The only way they can maintain influence is by threatening and killing people who criticise and challenge their crazy beliefs.

  3. L.Long says:

    IsLame has NOTHING good going for it. Only bigoted hate filled males an really weird masochistic women would want to be a part of it.
    And this is different from christianity?? Exactly how???
    Other than xtians had their balls cut off. because if they had any to gain the political power as IsLame they would do exactly the same…read history to see.
    And when a xtian aHole says he follows the word of gawd over the word of man, you KNOW the constitution or laws are nothing compared to his delusional belief in his imaginary psychopathic Ahole who supposedly wrote the big book of BS.

  4. barriejohn says:

    And in that bastion of enlightenment which is Saudi Arabia, a challenge to laws forbidding women from driving is classed as “terrorism”:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30602155

  5. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: The Saudis are big buddies with Charles Windsor who loves the luxury yachts. I didn’t listen to it but I’m told his mummy has delivered a speech of quite stunning bullshit in her own fortunately inimitable style which combines smugness and condescension into an embarrassing mixture.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Broga: She was quite overwhelmed by the ceramic poppies, apparently, but then she would be, as she considers that the only profession worthy of man is the bearing of arms, and that’s a fact. Much more honorable than brain surgery or more “intellectual” pursuits, of course, though she did give a mention to those selflessly fighting against Ebola in Africa. “Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none”. She obviously reads the New Testament very selectively, but then don’t they all?

    PS Did you see all those poor souls waiting for hours in the cold to catch a glimpse of “The Royals” on their way to church this morning? Are they completely mad?

    PPS She was wittering on about the “Christmas Truce” again. I just don’t get it; hours later they were were shooting at one another again, and the slaughter continued for another four years. Very Christian indeed!

  7. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: That ghastly royal group, with the emotionally ice cold Brenda, plodding to church is an annual photographic PR disaster.

    On WW1: Siegfried Sassoon in “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer” (I think) was sickened to discover that WW1 was being prolongued to allow the profiteers to continue making ill gotten gains. He tried to publicise this. As he was an aristocrat and had been decorated for gallantry the rulers couldn’t hang him for treason. So they had him locked up as a psychiatric patient.

    WW1 was a bloodbath where those who “gave their lives for their country” were forced out of the trenches with the pistols of their officers to encourage them. Even the German gunners were appalled at seeing the numbers forced on to barbed wire to be gunned down.

    The slaughter of WW2 was also an example of killing on an industrial scale. Anyone who has ideas to the contrary should read The Second World War by Anthony Beever. I discovered Montgomery was a bit of a manufactured hero and a real pain in the arse. Churchill needed Montgomery’s reputation for PR reasons and went along with it.

  8. L.Long says:

    Broga you wouldn’t a conspiracy nut cuz you know the leaders of industry would never stoop so low for profits!!! Surely Not?!?!?!?! After all these people are good xtians and their oral compass would never tell of their gawd making life miserable over an extended time just for the heck of it.
    Also don’t forget the Vietnam war as that was TOTALLY about business.
    I don’t know about the WWI or WWII but in Vietnam many officers with guns forcing solders to do stupid stuff suddenly found big round holes in their heads.

  9. Jon says:

    where is #illridewithMohamedCheikhOuldMohamed campaing?

  10. Caute says:

    Islam…a pox on humanity….an abomination…

  11. barriejohn says:

    WWII only occurred because the bankers and industrialists who put Hitler in power wanted their profits. It’s another complete myth that Hitler rescued the German economy; he appointed a top banker (Schacht) Minister of Economics and President of the Reichsbank, and the guy eventually went to him to let him know that debt was spiralling out of control and that spending on re-armament had to be reined in to prevent total collapse of the economy. Hitler refused, Schacht resigned, and Hermann Goering (who was never in favour of extending the war, as he enjoyed his life as landowner, bon-viveur and patron of the arts far too much) was effectively left in charge of spending! That’s the reason why war – and expansion to the east and south-east in particular – was inevitable, and these great brains must have been aware of that, but they were only concerned with their own short-term profit.

  12. barriejohn says:

    L.Long: I think that, without Vietnam, Johnson might well have gone down as America’s greatest president because of his “Great Society” legislation. Kennedy has the reputation as the naive one, but he might have been able to stand up to the hawks successfully, as he did at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Johnson happily gave Westmoreland everything he wanted until he eventually asked him how many more men he needed to actually finish the job in Vietnam. Answer came there none and he was rumbled, but by then it was far too late. McNamara resigned and later in life admitted that they had got everything wrong – some consolation to those who lost sons, husbands and fathers in that far-off country!

  13. Great Satan says:

    In Mauritania (and other muslim countries), slavery was only abolished on paper ; http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/world/mauritania.slaverys.last.stronghold/index.html

    There are, of course, throngs of guardianistas and leftists demonstrating and rioting in the streets as a result of this modern day slavery……

  14. Broga says:

    War story: I like the story of Evelyn Waugh (a brave and reckless but incompetent soldier) telling his C.O. that he wanted to fight on the front line.

    “But you’ll be shot at,” says the C.O.

    “We expect to be shot at by the enemy,” says Waugh.

    “I don’t mean the enemy,” says the C.O.. “I mean your own men.”

    Waugh’s son Auberon shot himself accidentally though the chest and was badly injured.

  15. Mephisto says:

    A savage religion for a savage people.

  16. Newspaniard says:

    To all you republicans inventing nastiness against our Royal Family, I say, “President Blair”. What the hell has the christmas broadcast got to do with a barbaric, 7th century leaning, country pronouncing death on someone who “treated lightly” a prophet who didn’t exist? It would seem that FT has its own set of hard lefties who can’t stay on topic, when the topic bores them.

  17. Philip Smeeton says:

    What sort of place is this Muslim Paradise when an entrance ticket requires murder, preferably on a large scale?

  18. Angela_K says:

    Islam is stagnant and strangled by its own backward ideology, the same unchangeable dogma as allegedly dictated by a god to an illiterate, warmongering paedophile. This cult can only “work” by savagery, oppression, the murder of critics and of course by the suppression of knowledge. There is no joy in Islam, freedom of thought and enquiry is not allowed and the most dangerous thing feared by the Islamists is a Woman reading a book other than the koran.

  19. barriejohn says:

    Philip Smeeton: The religious are obsessed with “the next world”, which is what makes religion so very dangerous. I had personal experience of this as a member of the Plymouth Brethren. The only important thing is what is done for “God” and the “afterlife”, and life itself is rendered cheap. This life – which we rationalists realize is all that we have – becomes of secondary importance.

    Only one life – ’twill soon be past;
    Only what’s done for God will last.

    This sort of ideology gives you not only a completely different outlook, but a twisted set of values. People indoctrinated with this idea are never going to see things as you and I do, and almost any level of barbarity can be justified if it is of “eternal benefit” and leads to the “salvation of souls”.