Recently, it's been anything but.
Ali Hussain Sibat was sentenced to have his head cut off last Friday. He had a fortune-telling show in Lebanon. You know: the sort of thing that American law has people label 'for entertainment purposes only.' I'm no fan to dial-a-psychic services and mediums. But executing someone? Because he's got a fortune-telling gig?? That's nuts.
Apparently, Ali Hussain Sibat wasn't beheaded Friday. I hope it's because someone with sense - and knowledge of how the rest of the world has been acting for the last thousand years or so - sat on the head of whoever was running that particular circus, and is trying to keep Saudi Arabia for making a fool of itself.
I'm a bit upset about this particular bit of cruelty. Not all that many people get hurt if religious sociopaths outlaw the color red. (I'm not making this up.) But grabbing a citizen of another country, and deciding that he should have his head cut off, is not acceptable in today's world. Unless someone's doing a remake of something like "Malice in the Palace" (1949).
I just hope that whoever's got his nose out of joint in Saudi Arabia over this Lebanese television personality can be reasoned with - or overpowered.
- "Lebanese Man Due for Beheading in Saudi Arabia"
(March 31, 2010)
- "Ali Hussain Sibat, Islamic Law, and Getting a Grip"
(March 19, 2010)
- "Saudi Arabia Bans Valentine's Day - and the Color Red"
(February 10, 2009)
- "Reprieve for 'sorcerer' sentenced to death by Saudi court"
CNN (April 5, 2010)