Americans offer to take 100 lashes each of blogger’s sentence from Saudi court

Americans offer to take 100 lashes each of blogger’s sentence from Saudi court

A bipartisan, multi-religious group of Americans have offered to each take 100 lashes for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Saudi clerics. All those who volunteered are members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Their first choice, of course, is that the sentence be reversed and that flogging no longer be permitted.

Badawi, the 32-year-old father of three, is the founder and editor of the Free Saudi Liberals website. …

The current sentence calls for Mr. Badawi to be lashed 50 times a week for 20 consecutive weeks. …

Princeton professor Robert P. George explained the decision of the USCRIF group in an email to The Christian Post. …

Offering to take Badawi’s lashes along with George are six other members of the USCIRF: Mary Ann Glendon, member of the Board, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; M. Zuhdi Jasser, president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Daniel I. Mark assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Villanova University; Hannah Rosenthal, CEO, Milwaukee Jewish Federation; Eric Schwartz, dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Katrina Lantos Swett, president of Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice.

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