I would say the world has lost its mind, but really, it's always been a place full of nutters and ideologies and governments and corporations that never fail to make me raise my eyebrows.
None of that.
Hamza's crime was expressing himself on Twitter. He tweeted several things last week that riled up Islamic conservatives and clerics. Hamza was accused of blasphemy and insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, at the time of the prophet's birthday. He has been proclaimed a heretic and may have his life cut short because of three tweets - each under 140 characters.
One of the three tweets he wrote read:
"I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you...I will not pray for you."
A Facebook page (Arabic), “Saudi people want punishment for Hamza Kashgari,” has garnered over 20,000 members. Are people really that insecure? Do those calling for his execution really feel destabilised and threatened over several tweets? Over somebody else's views - views he is entitled to have? Is their world so shaken that only blood, and silence, can restore everything?
Why is anything punishable by death anyway, particularly nowadays? Capital punishment, whether taking place in Saudi Arabia or the US, has no place in any justice system. You would think humanity has long gotten over these barbarian and draconian acts of 'justice'. We're still the same, except we have smart phones and loads of trash television (...I mean, really, T-shirt time? More like time to get off my television).
Hamza deleted his tweets shortly afterwards and apologised. But no mercy is being shown. Corrupt regimes get their knickers tied in a knot whenever someone speaks what's on their mind. Or in this instance, tweets what's on their mind.