Saudi Writer Extradited from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia Over Tweets About Mohammed

Here is the offending speech, framed as statements to Mohammed on his birthday:

On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.

On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more,” he wrote in a second.

On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.

The New York Times reports, as do Andrew McCarthy (National Review Online) and Nina Shea (National Review Online). The writer, Hamza Kashgari, is facing a possible death sentence for apostasy or blasphemy, though as I understand this in practice ends up becoming a substantial prison sentence.

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