A Saudi social media user has been the target of widespread threats and condemnation after he labelled Islam “garbage” and “primitive” and advocated free encounters between men and women.
“I am not a liberal, I just disavow your religion,” the man said in a video that led to an outcry. “In the past, men and women could meet freely, but primitiveness and the tribal garbage heap was ushered in by Islam.”
Calling on women to disavow Islam, he said: “Hashtags won’t help single and divorced women. What you need is to leave your sh*tty religion. We need sexual encounters, we need alcohol, and I have no problem with prostitution. It’s what humans need.”
The controversial jibe did not go unnoticed. The hashtags #behead_the_infidel and #arrest_the_atheist were launched and used by large numbers to call for his prosecution. At the same time, many others sided with him.
To a great deal of abuse, Saad tweeted: “He’s right. Your religion is like garbage.”
وهو صادق دينكم زبالة
جازت لي 😄
— سـعـد ⚛ (@AbodOt155) October 17, 2016
Young Ahmed was of the same opinion: “Your religion is like garbage, come out to us.”
دينكم فعلاً زبالة أخرج لنا ذا الدب
— أحمد رحمه الله (@killscreativit) October 18, 2016
Dr Majed Mohammad wrote: “Your religion is like garbage. What religion allows so much unemployment in an oil-producing country? And so many charity cases, like mothers who beg outside banks and supermarkets?”
فعلا دينكم زبالة
اي دين هذا في بلد نفطي والعواطلية طوابير؟
والامهات يشحذن امام السوبرماركت والبنوك ؟
— Dr.majed Mohammad (@Majedrga) October 17, 2016
Many said that, even if arrested, the man’s claims about Islam’s primitiveness and the injustices it produces will not go away. Others wondered why some, in the name of religion, call to behead a man just because he criticized religion and society.
But most were fuming at his remarks. “His neck should pay the price for what he said,” wrote one.
https://t.co/o71aXcLbnO هذا زباله لازم يدقع عنقه
— مگاۆيہ يا عٍين ابۆي (@2007Kk) October 17, 2016
“That as-h-le speaks rationally in the name of openness and freedom, but in effect he doesn’t practice what he preaches by telling us that our religion is like garbage,” Khalil Alsaaran tweeted.
He later wrote: “He wants us to respect women, but he doesn’t respect his own people. He filmed himself holding a cigarette, he looks disgusting.”
هذا الشخص الحقير ، يدعي الكلام العقلاني والإنفتاح والحريّة ، وهو مبدأ الإحترام لا يطبقه عند قوله (دينكم زباله) #اضربوا_عنق_الدب_المرتد .
— خليل السعران . (@al_s3ran) October 17, 2016
“Clearly he’s not mentally stable, and you can get that from his look,” Muna wrote. “Inshallah you’ll grasp the meaning of what you said about our religion when you go to your grave.”
اصلا واضح انه موب طبيعي من شكله بسم الله ان شاء الله بالقبر تعرف وش يعني دينكم زباله
— Muna (@1996Mooona) October 17, 2016
“In the name of freedom of expression he trashes Islam and says that our religion is like garbage,” Ahmad wrote. “Is that freedom of expression? Even in the United States it’s considered racism.”
@najdikaffer حرية التعبير وهو يسيئ للاسلام ويقول دينكم زباله ؟؟ هل تسمي هذي حرية تعبير ؟ هذي حتى في امريكا تسمى عنصريه
— Ahmad (@AhKwt77) October 17, 2016