By BJ Bjornson
Not much nice you can say about this kind of crazy behaviour.
A Saudi woman has been executed for practising "witchcraft and sorcery", the country's interior ministry says.
She is the second person to be executed for such crimes by Saudi Arabia this year. Her actual crimes, such as they are, were to convince people to give her money based on claims that she could cure their illnesses. I�m definitely not in favour of quackery, but it is not magic, and does not condone having a person�s head chopped off as punishment.
Unsurprisingly, the harshness of the sentencing comes from those who believe in the supernatural themselves.
Amnesty says that Saudi Arabia does not actually define sorcery as a capital offence. However, some of its conservative clerics have urged the strongest possible punishments against fortune-tellers and faith healers as a threat to Islam.
I can only hope that the clerics� fear is that once the people understand how foolish and idiotic those other superstitions are, they might start casting their critical eyes towards the superstition the clerics base their authority on and note it makes claims just as outrageous, which would be quite threatening to the clerics indeed.