|Do you know Raif Badawy? by A Crafty Arab|
I first read about Raif while I was doing research on how to talk my children about Charlie Hebdo.
Raif had been sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islamic clerics. There is a petition to free him on Change.com.
Amnesty International has also set up petitions to return this family man back to his home.
I decided the least I could do was change my profile photo to his photo and tell as many people as possible about him.
While I did not agree with what Raif wrote on his blog, I felt that Saudi Arabia was displaying pure hypocrisy to send a representative to march in the Paris rally awash with pencils, in support of a bigoted newspaper that published offensive cartoons, while sentencing one of their own for putting his thoughts down.
As a blogger, I needed to do something for him in solidarity.
The more groups I joined, the more friends I added, the more I talked about him. Online, in person, everywhere.
I'm going to take a little break from his photo on Facebook to switch over to my mommy duties for the next few weeks.
I'm posting Raif's photo here until I switch back to keep the support going. Please help by signing both petitions and sharing them with friends.