It seems that for Walid Husayin those may his best options. And he will not get to choose.
Residents of Qalqiliya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin — the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar — was leading a double life.
Known as a quiet man who prayed with his family each Friday and spent his evenings working in his father’s barbershop, Husayin was secretly posting anti-religion rants on the Internet during his free time.
Now, he faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for “insulting the divine essence.” Many in this conservative Muslim town say he should be killed for renouncing Islam, and even family members say he should remain behind bars for life.
“He should be burned to death,” said Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a 35-year-old Qalqiliya resident. The execution should take place in public “to be an example to others,” he added [AP via Google].
As Ed Brayton reflected, “And this is under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, which is relatively liberal compared to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other Muslim-dominated governments in the area.”
Whenever I worry about the theocratic nonsense that raises its ugly head here, I think of this kind of stuff. But that doesn’t really give me much peace. Some of our own homegrown theocrats aren’t all that far behind the good folks of Qalqiliya.