TV Presenter Gets Death Sentence for ‘Sorcery’

From CNN World:

Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for “sorcery.”In a statement released Thursday, the international rights group condemned the verdict and demanded the immediate release of Ali Hussain Sibat, former host of a popular call-in show that aired on Sheherazade, a Beirut based satellite TV channel.

According to his lawyer, Sibat, who is 48 and has five children, would predict the future on his show and give out advice to his audience.

The attorney, May El Khansa, who is in Lebanon, tells CNN her client was arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police (known as the Mutawa’een) and charged with sorcery while visiting the country in May 2008. Sibat was in Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic religious pilgrimage known as Umra.

[Read more at CNN World]

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  • tonyviner

    Well shit, I'd murder him too. Who wouldn't?

    • Hadrian999

      honestly, who hasn't wanted to kill a phone in psychic?

  • Gregory

    Here see the establishment, whether it be Christendom or Islamdom, continuing it's centuries long demonization of any real manifestation of what it itself promises its followers. It is the paradox that the official state-sanctioned religions are able to at the same time offer spiritual fulfillment while make sure you never attain that.

    Jesus said that his followers would do greater works than he did, but the thing that was established in his name quickly made sure to make forbidden the old ways and when they couldn't totally obliterate the “old black magic” they claimed it for the church. Because the last thing the establishment wants is for anyone to be actually empowered by being in touch with the other layers of reality beyond the superficial physical reality. So today to qualify as a Saint, you have to have miracles in your name, but you also can't be a “dabbler in the occult.”

    I am not saying the guy sentenced was practicing anything real but whether you're an Xian, a Muslim or an Atheist, one of the goals of your evangelism is keeping what mankind used day in day out for thousands of years either condemned as evil black magic or just superstitious nonsense because the last thing you want is for a person to be an individual and not just another card-carrying member of your Ideology.

    fiat lux

  • Mr. Man

    Well, the Bible does say to kill false prophets.

    As always, I believe only in the light and words of Him, the Immortal God Emperor of Mankind.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Shai-Halud? Leto Atreides the 2nd? Frank Herbert? Muad-Dib? Duncan Idaho?

      When all the false phrophets are dead, mankind will be extinct. Then who will the GOD emperor rule?

      • Mr. Man

        The Emperor of Mankind is the leader of the human Imperium, and Father, Guardian, and God of his race. He has sat immobile within the Golden Throne of Terra for ten thousand years. Although once a living man, his shattered body can no longer support life, and remains intact only by a combination of ancient technology and the sheer force of his will, itself sustained by the soul-sacrifice of countless millions of psykers.2
        His will is omnipotent, extending across the million worlds that comprise his Imperium. For ten thousand years the Master of Mankind has served mankind, simultaneously carrying out a multitude of tasks vital to its survival and to the survival of the Imperium. All at once he guides his race through the Emperor's Tarot, soul-binds psykers, holds audiences with his most important servants and beams the Astronomican beacon. His immense psychic powers constantly keep the Chaotic powers of the Warp at bay, preventing their intrusion into the material universe and protecting his people throughout the galaxy.1

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Okee Dokee!!!

      • Mr. Man

        Your Dune references are not lost on me, I read Dune, pain as it was.

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Sounds like you've got the makings of your own novel. Go with it….

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Dune was a pain? Compared to warhammer, Dune IS the bible….(not really)

  • Duane Ertle

    To be a sorcer, must a person not claim that for themselves? Another individual may claim another to be any brand of person they wish, but in some manner the guilty person must ascribe to the crime aledged. If a person 'plays the odds' by making general statements on the air, they are sure to fit someone in some manner. Sounds as though the gentleman should be left alone and that particular society be updated on 'probability'.

  • Anonymous

    Dune was a pain? Compared to warhammer, Dune IS the bible….(not really)