It's Halloween and I'm thinking about Fawza Falih. The last time there was word of her was in February. Since then nothing -- nothing that I can find in the news. A death penalty was imposed on this Saudi Arabian woman, illiterate and convicted of witchcraft. Accused of being involved in supernatural occurrences, they said she bewitched a man when he suddenly became impotent. They talked about either beheading her or stoning her to death.
"The illiterate woman was detaind by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read," reported the BBC.
After police interrogation, Falih admitted to having bewitching powers. Later she retracted her confession, saying it was made under duress.(I don't want to imagine what they must have done to her). But the strict interpretation of Wahhabi Islam claims the death penalty is needed to "protect the creed, souls and property of this country." In 1692, America had its Salem witch trials. Today, Saudi Arabia is still at it.