Arab human rights activists have condemned a Saudi religious edict calling
for the execution of two writers for apostasy - giving a rare glimpse of
tensions over Islam inside the conservative kingdom.
The ruling by Sheikh
Abdul Rahman al-Barrak was called "intellectual terrorism" by "clerics of
darkness" in a statement obtained by Reuters and signed by 100 human rights
groups and intellectuals from the region. Last month Barrak issued a fatwa
against two Saudi writers he denounced as "infidels"....
Fatwas by radical Muslim clerics led to the assassination in 1992 of the Egyptian writer Farag Foda and to an attempt in 1994 in Cairo to murder the Egyptian Nobel prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz.
While I still maintain that religion and human endevour is not that tightly linked, but then, some aspects of religious study and application like in Saudi Arabia will kill all literature and arts.
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!