Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Friend and Ally?
Whippings, beheadings, stoning, and even crucifixions. These are terrible forms of torture and execution that no civilized nation could tolerate. That's why we must offer a united response to a terrorist organization such ISIS or ISIL. Except that this describes forms of punishment meted out by Saudi Arabia, one of our Canadian allies. Not only an ally, but a nation to which we are selling fifteen billion dollars worth of armed personnel carriers.
I am angry and ashamed that Canada is so willing to partner in almost every way with the Saudis, who have such a dismal human rights record. I am dismayed as a Canadian and as a Christian. The arms contract was brokered under the Conservative feds but the new Liberal government certainly has no intention of backing away from the deal.
A CBC report points out that last year Saudi Arabia executed more than 150 people, many of those foreigners (mostly poor migrant workers). It executes people for "crimes" such as adultery and sorcery that are not considered offences in other countries. Early in January they executed another 47, including a religious leader whose death has deepened Middle East tensions.
Sure China and Iran execute more people each year than the Saudis. I don't consider either of those nations to be shining examples of human rights. How can we follow the One whose crucifixion is the hinge of our faith experience and not uphold the rights of those who are dying in the same fashion?
Our Prophet from the Rock, Rick Mercer, had something to say about all this recently. Take a look.