This horrifying story is from yesterday’s issue of the Gulf News. What is so scary is that this sadistic monster was not just some isolated one-off religious kook with angels whispering in his ear but someone who worked for an Orewellian-sounding Saudi government department devoted to “promoting” Virtue.
The last two paragraphs, in which the author seems to be looking for a reason for this barbarity, are rather chilling. With all the attention that Tehran, Baghdad and Kabul have been getting let’s not overlook what poison has been stewing in the religious pots of our friends in Riyadh.
SAUDI MAN KILLS DAUGHTER FOR CONVERTING TO CHRISTIANITY
by Mariam Al Hakeem
August 12, 2008
Riyadh: A Saudi man working with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently killed his daughter for converting to Christianity.
According to sources close to the victim, the religious police member had cut the tongue of the girl and burned her to death following a heated debate on religion.
The death of the girl sent shockwaves and websites where the victim used to write with various nick names have allocated special space to mourn her, while some others closed temporarily in protest.
According to the Saudi Al Ukhdoud news website, the victim wrote an article on the blog of which she was a member under the nickname “Rania” a few days before her murder.
She wrote that her life became an ordeal after her family members grew suspicious about her after a religious discussion with them.
She said that her brother found some Christian articles written by her as well as a cross sign on her computer screen. Since then he started to insult her and blamed the internet for pushing her to change her religion.
The “Free Copts” website published a message which it received from a friend of the victim, revealing that the killer is in police custody and that he is being investigated for an honour related crime.
Saudi religious scholars have frequently warned against the dangers of Christian internet websites and satellite TV channels which attract Muslim youngsters to change their religion.
They decreed that watching these channels or browsing these websites which call for conversion to Christianity by various means is against the teachings of Islam.
My God, it is hard to keep a cool head over these kinds of things.
But what could possibly cause someone to kill their own child for religious reasons? What are they so afraid of that murder, painful murder, is justified? What threat is so mind boggling, so unimaginable, that people would torture others to avoid it?