basemetal: Not sure a guy would still have an ass after 1000 lashes.
Crudbucket: Some college exchange student from Saudi tried to convert me to Islam last week when I was at a Panera last week. After that fell through, he wanted to take pictures of my dog. Weird guy.
basemetal: I saw a video of a dude who got 20 lashes for drinking beer in Saudi Arabia. Not sure a guy would still have an ass after 1000 lashes.
willfullyobscure: We can't condemn this out of hand. We need to be respectful of their culture and social mores, which have been constructed by time honored traditions springing from native practices. Something that *looks* morally repugnant to us doesn't to their eyes and that has to be respected.
techgeek07: If the tea party has it's way, we'll have the same thing here.
monoski: Half? Hell every one on this site would be in line for beating.
willfullyobscure: We can't condemn this out of hand. We need to be respectful of their culture and social mores, which have been constructed by time honored traditions springing from native practices. Something that *looks* morally repugnant to us doesn't to their eyes and that has to be respected.This is a proud native peoples that choose to participate in their culture in the way that their traditions instruct them to and it's not for us to judge what's "right" and "wrong" for them, especially given the incalculable, monstrous, inhuman damages and evils we inflicted on them thanks to colonialism and slavery.
Big Ramifications: B-b-but the Crusades!
mistrmind: Three cheers for the religion of peace.
ikanreed: Isn't this whole separation of church and state we've got going on pretty sweet?
draypresct: The gulf state also demanded all criticism of religion and of the Prophet Mohammed be made illegal in Norway.The upper classes in Saudi Arabia tend to be educated, often in foreign universities. They have to know that the only reaction in Norway to this demand will be mild amusement. This just doesn't make sense. The Saudis I've met (in the US, so biased sample of course) have tended to be very sane and worldly.Norway is one of their biggest competitors in Europe, and (for all I know) might be making inroads into other markets. This might be a way for Saudi Arabia to put pressure on countries with significant Muslim populations, trying to keep them from buying oil from Norway.
fisker: This thread is now bomb.
MyRandomName: Pretty sure the fark liberals have been labeling all the conservatives and libertarians on this site as terrorists for about 5 years now.
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