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By: Editor | April 29, 2015

Why I've offered to receive 100 lashes of the convicted Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's sentence.



In  2013, a Saudi Arabian court sentenced 31-year-old Saudi blogger   Raif Badawi   to seven   years in prison and 600 lashes. Last year, an appeals court decided the sentence was not harsh enough and increased the punishment to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million riyals (equivalent to over a quarter of a million dollars). Badawi’s “crime” is nothing more than expressing religious and political dissent, including such dastardly acts as running a website called Free Saudi Liberals and liking the Facebook page of a group of Arab Christians.

Because this innocent victim of Saudi “justice” would...