“And Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. He took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.” Genesis 22:13
You have heard of the plight of Raif Badawi. He is a Saudi blogger who started a website called “Free Saudi Liberals”. The site and Badawi’s blog are critical of Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment. For this crime Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a large fine, and 1,000 lashes to be administered with a cane lash, fifty lashes at a time on every Friday. He has received the first fifty lashes and was scheduled for the second fifty last Friday; but the scourging had to be postponed because he was so weak and injured from the first fifty.
Princeton University professor Robert P. George and six other advocates have written to the Saudi Ambassador offering to each take 100 lashes in Badawi’s stead. When asked by BBC World Update host Dan Damon if he would actually take the punishment, George replied: “You don’t make this kind of offer if you aren’t willing to follow through with it.”
“Together with six colleagues on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I sent a letter to the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. calling on the Saudi government to stop the horrific torture of Raif Badawi — an advocate of religious freedom and freedom of expression in the Saudi Kingdom,” wrote George.
“If the Saudi government refuses, we each asked to take 100 of Mr. Badawi’s lashes so that we could suffer with him. The seven of us include Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, Christians, Jews, and a Muslim,” he added.
Is there anyone whose suffering you might alleviate today? And if presented with the opportunity to do so, would you?
A blessed Tuesday.