Fear of Sunni militancy drove Saudi mass execution (ANALYSIS)

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Police stand outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy as protesters demonstrate against the execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in London, Britain January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Neil Hall   - RTX20TBF

Police stand outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy as protesters demonstrate against the execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in London, Britain January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall - RTX20TBF

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While a noted Shiite cleric was among those executed Saturday, dozens of others were Sunni militants -- a rising group troubling the Saudi government.

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  • “the jihadists say any Muslim can declare another to be infidel.”

    This is no way to be civilized!

    Religious people wrongly accuse Atheists of ad hoc morality and relativism because they give no thought to the matter. Yet what is more Ad Hoc and Relativistic than religion?

    “go and tell him his fault.” – JESUS (Matthew 18:15)

  • Well…so much for the much-vaunted claims of “unity” in Islam…Smh.

  • Yes, indeed! Religion itself is “moral relativity on steroids,” even if its adherents insist (contrary to the facts) that their morals are “absolute.”

    Take, for example, Roman Catholicism’s ostensibly “absolute” determination that life begins at conception. The truth is, Catholic teaching on the matter has been all over the map, and was nowhere near as “absolute” as Catholic apologists claim. (For examples of various theologians’ teachings through history, see http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_hist.htm). It was only near the end of the 19th century that the “life begins at conception” position became THE Catholic doctrine on the matter.

    Because of the waffling on the matter that took place over the centuries, we have no reason to assume this will remain the case forever. Another encyclical or council could, quite possibly, change that once more. In sum: There’s nothing “absolute” about Catholic doctrine … at all. The same applies to all other faiths.

  • PsiCop,

    “The truth is, Catholic teaching on the matter has been all over the map…”

    Exactly. Religions are all man made; the rules, the edicts, the fatwas – yet they purport to be the word of a powerful god. What could be more naturally corrupting? Ugh.