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A Facebook group advocates for Walid Husayin's release
Our human rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion are once again under attack in the Arab world. Walid Husayin has been arrested by the West Bank's Palestinian Authority for publishing pro-atheism and anti-Islam arguments on several blogs, as well as mocking the Muslim religion in Facebook groups which he started. Husayin is charged with heresy for "insulting the divine essence" and faces a possible life prison sentence as a result. His own family asserts that he should be kept in jail for the rest of his life, and some are even advocating execution.

"He should be burned to death" says Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a local resident. Dahoud says there should be a public execution in order to set an example for others.

WakeUpWorld! is appalled at yet another affront on freedom of speech and freedom of religion in our world. It is absolutely absurd that someone should be arrested for harmlessly publicizing their beliefs. Ironically, if Husayin lived in another part of the world, his views would likely be cheered for instead of attacked (or at the very least a little of both). While we may not agree with him, we should all be entitled to challenge popular belief, as Wes writes about in his personal blog on tolerance.

What do you think?

Read the Associated Press' full story here




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