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Saudi Arabia is the Most Evil Country in the World

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TheAtheist
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Description
My position: Saudi Arabia is the most evil country in the world.
Opponent's position: Saudi Arabia is not the most evil country in the world.
Please provide sources for statistics, quotes, etc.
R1 = Main Argument.
R2 = Rebuttals.
R3 = Rebuttals.
R4 = Rebuttals.
R5 = Final Statement.
Evil - profoundly immoral and wicked.
Round 1
Published:
Thank you to Con for accepting this debate, and let's begin. I remind Con that this round is only for the Main Argument, not for Rebuttals.

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN SAUDI ARABIA

=Democracy=
Saudi Arabia is a totalitarian, absolute monarchy without even a legislative body. The King holds absolute power and is only required to follow Sharia Law and the Quran. The country has no constitution and only follows the Quran and Sharia Law. Government elections and political parties are prohibited. According to the Economist's Democracy Index, Saudi Arabia is the seventh most authoritarian regime in the world. The entire country belongs completely to the Royal House of Saud. Yes, you read that correctly. The entire country of Saudi Arabia belongs to a single monarch. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where this is allowed [1].


=Women's Rights=
Women in Saudi Arabia are considered second-class citizens and are denied many of the freedoms granted to Saudi Arabian men.

  • All females are legally required to have a male guardian, typically a father, brother, or husband. Women need the permission of their guardian for marriage, divorce, travel, education, employment, opening a bank account, and having elective surgery (surgery that is not required in a medical emergency). 
  • All women are legally required to wear a black burqa that covers them from head to toe. Failure to do so will result in fines, flogging, or even death by stoning which happened in a few separate cases.
  • Saudi Arabia segregates males from females virtually everywhere. Companies are legally required to create all-female areas if they hire women. Banks and restaurants are required to have different entryways for men and women. Restaurants are legally required to be divided into two sections: one for families and women, and the other for single men. Public transportation is segregated. Gyms, swimming pools, and beaches are also all segregated: women either have to come during a different time than men or are not allowed to come at all. 
  • Women that are raped are punished for commiting adultery. Adultery, or sexual activity without marriage, is prohibited in Saudi Arabia. Thus, women who are raped are also convicted of adultery. The punishment for adultery can range from fines and corporal punishment to life in prison and execution by stoning. In 2006, for example, an 18-year-old victim of gang rape was sentenced to six months in prison and 90 lashes for "adultery" [2].
  • Abortion is only legal if it will save the life of the mother. The fetus being aborted must also be at maximum four months old. All other abortion is prohibited by law and punishable by fines [3].

=LGBT Rights=
Saudi Arabia is the worst country on Earth for an LGBT+ person to be in. Homosexuals are imprisoned and executed, both same-sex relationships and marriages are illegal, and even films featuring LGBT topics or characters are banned. Below is a list of Saudi Arabian laws that discriminate against LGBT persons:

  • Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Punishments for first-time offenders range from fines and deportation to chemical castration, torture, life in prison, and execution. Second-time offenders are automatically executed,
  • Same-sex marriage, relationships, and civil unions are illegal in Saudi Arabia.
  • Cross-dressing and transgenderism are illegal in Saudi Arabia. Punishments range from fines and deportation to torture, life in prison, and execution.
  • Advocating for and promoting LGBT rights is illegal in Saudi Arabia.
  • Creating, distributing, or watching homosexual pornography is illegal. 
  • Creating, distributing, or watching movies that feature LGBT themes and/or LGBT characters is illegal. Foreign movies that feature those those things are either censored and shown in cinemas without the scenes, or banned from the kingdom entirely.
  • Anti-discrimination laws in employment, in the provision of goods and services, and in other areas simply do not exist [4].

=Religious Freedom=
Saudi Arabia has less religious freedom than any other country on Earth. Freedom of religion practically does not exist in Saudi Arabia.

  • Sharia law applies to all residents of Saudi Arabia, regardless of their religion. This directly violates the freedom of religion of all non-Muslim residents of Saudi Arabia.
  • All Saudi citizens and children born to Muslim fathers are required to be Muslim by law. Apostasy, or leaving Islam for another religion, is punishable by death. Attempting to convert a Muslim into another religion is also punishable by death.
  • Saudi Arabia is the worst country for an atheist to live in. Atheists are considered terrorists through a royal decree of the Saudi Interior Ministry.
  • Saudi Arabia engages in discrimination based on religion. Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
  • Non-Muslim religious activities are illegal in Saudi Arabia. Non-Muslim buildings of worship, like Churches and Synagogues, are illegal and are forbidden from being built.
  • Promoting religions other than Islam and distribution of non-Muslim religious materials is illegal. Wearing a cross or religious dress in public is prohibited. You are not allowed to bring the Bible or any other religious texts into the country.
  • The Islamic branch of Ahmadiyya is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Followers of this Islamic branch are forbidden from entering the country.
  • Blasphemy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. 
  • Witchcraft and sorcery are prohibited by law. This only shows the backwardness and religious intolerance of Saudi Arabia. How can a 21st century government still seriously believe that witchcraft and sorcery exist [5]?

=Freedom of Speech=
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press do not exist in Saudi Arabia.

  • The government actively censors all forms of the press. Whether the news agency being censored is independent or not does not matter; the agency gets censored by the government anyway.
  • Critisizing Islam and the government is illegal in Saudi Arabia. 
  • The Saudi regime assassinates dissidents and opposition members. One example is Jammal Kashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi agents in Turkey simply because of his opposition to the Saudi government.
  • Possessing, distributing, or watching all forms of pornography is illegal. And yes, pornography falls under freedom of speech [6].

=Racism and Anti-Semitism=
Both the government and the people of Saudi Arabia are extremely racist and anti-Semitic. Below are examples of Saudi Arabia's blatant racism and anti-Semitism.

  • Saudi Arabian government and religious officials often claim that Jews are planning to take over the world. They frequently cite the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as their source, even though the Protocols are a fake anti-Semtic document which was used by the Nazis to further their agenda.
  • People with Israeli passports or Israeli stamps in their passport are banned from entering Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi textbooks call Jews apes, claim that Jews worship the Devil, and encourage students to avoid and murder Jews for Allah. Textbooks also say similar things about Christians and non-Wahhabi Muslims. 
  • A Saudi government newspaper claimed that violence and hatred against Jews is justifiable [10].
I will finish this section off with some quotes from a popular Saudi Arabian religious leader, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, who is the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and also a government official. Here they are:

"The worst of the enemies of Islam are those whom he made [into] monkeys and pigs: the aggressive Jews and oppressive Zionists and those that follow them... monkeys and pigs and worshippers of false Gods who are the Jews and the Zionists." [10]
"[Jews are] evil offspring, infidels, distorters of words, calf-worshippers, prophet-murderers, prophecy-deniers... the scum of the human race whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs..." [10]
Nuff said.


=Other Human Rights Abuses=

  • TORTURE: While torture is technically illegal in Saudi Arabia, in practice torture is often used to obtain confessions of guilt. The Saudi Arabian government has tortured both Saudi Arabian and foreign citizens [7][8].
  • CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Saudi Arabia executes people for such laughable crimes like drug use, apostasy, adultery, and witchcraft. In 2016, fourty-seven people were executed for protesting against the government [9]. This mass execution was widely condemned by governments and human rights organizations worldwide.
  • And much, much more. However, all of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses will simply not fit into a 30,000-word argument, so let's move on.
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SAUDI ARABIAN SPONSORING OF TERRORISM

Saudi Arabia sponsored and continues to sponsor terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Al-Nusra [12]. 

A declassified top secret report from the United States Department of the Treasury found that a Saudi charity, run largely by members of the Saudi Royal Family, supported terrorist organizations from the early 1990s until 2006 [13]. This means the 9/11 attacks could have been sponspored and orchestrated by the government of Saudi Arabia. This is further supported by the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia [14]. 

The violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan is largely funded by wealthy Saudi Arabians whose governments do little to stop them. In fact, multiple U.S. Dept. of State diplomatic cables accuse Saudi Arabia of funding Islamic terrorism worldwide [14]. 

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CONCLUSION

Saudi Arabia is the most evil nation-state on the planet. It is a Medieval absolute monarchy run by a guy who says he completely owns the entire country. It executes people for being homosexual, having sex outside of marriage, protesting against the Saudi government, and leaving or critisizing the religion of Islam. Saudi Arabia is deeply prejudiced, sexist, racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic. Saudi Arabian spies assassinate foreign residents simply because they dare to critisize the performance of the govenrment. They are an absolute totalitarian hellhole which terrorizes its citizens and supports Islamic terrorism worldwide. Saudi Arabia even prohibits witchcraft and sorcery, which only further proves that it is an evil, barbaric regime stuck in the Middle Ages. And despite all of those crimes against humanity, Saudi Arabia pretends to be tolerant and is very friendly with the West! Saudi Arabia is run by the most disgusting, criminal, and oppresive regime on Earth.

Over to Con. Whew, that was a lot of writing and even more research!

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Round 2
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Round 3
Published:
Extend my arguments! Con keeps forfeiting rounds, that's bad conduct!
Forfeited
Round 4
Published:
Extend my arguments, this is terrible conduct.

Don't you hate it when you decide to argue a very important topic, put a lot of work and research into it, and then a newcomer accepts the debate and dissapears from the website right after?
Published:
My opponent has conceded in this thread: https://www.debateart.com/forum/topics/2534/goodbye-everyone
Round 5
Forfeited
Published:
Vote for me
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Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments ✔ ✗ ✗ 3 points
Better sources ✔ ✗ ✗ 2 points
Better spelling and grammar ✔ ✗ ✗ 1 point
Better conduct ✔ ✗ ✗ 1 point
Reason:PRO gives a full and sufficient argument and CON makes no argument of any kind. In spite of PRO's departure and (off-debate) concession, this VOTER has to interpret the absence of any argument by CON across five opportunities as a full forfeit.
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--> @RichardCarter
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>Reported Vote: RichardCarter // Mod action: Removed
>Points Awarded: 6 points to pro for arguments, sources, and conduct.
>Reason for Decision: See below
>Reason for Mod Action: This voter is ineligible. In order for an account to be eligible to vote, they must first have read the rules and completed 2 non-forfeit, non-troll debate OR made 100 forum posts.
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#66
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--> @RichardCarter
Arguments - Pro used multiple arguments in his first round and was provided in detail and citations to prove them, and was formatted to be easy to read for all viewers. None of it had any sort of bias and unfair views. Con provided no arguments at all and only falsely claimed that Pro conceded because he posted his goodbye message due to school, not because of this argument. That's not a concession.
Sources - Pro was the only one who used sources, marking them in his arguments and providing all links that were trustworthy and hard to argue against. Con did not provide any sources since he didn't provide any argument.
Spelling and Grammar - I'm going to give it a tie. Even though Con barely said anything, what they did said didn't have any spelling and grammar errors.
Conduct - Pro won this one since Con forfeited over half of the debate. But not only that, Con then claims that Pro conceded because Pro was leaving Debateart because of school. That's not at all what it was if Pro was frequently extending the arguments many times.
#65
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--> @Mharman
>> The rule change isn't what bothered me, it's the lack of openness about it that bothers me.
Again, no rule was changed. Existing rules were interpreted to decide how to resolve a novel case. The interpretation of the rules was novel, but that necessarily follows from the novelty of the case at hand. Nothing was concealed from you, and you were told about moderation's ruling at the moment it was made.
#64
Added:
--> @Mharman
>> If the standard is different on this site then you should have told me, which you didn't.
Two responses: (a) no, because you shouldn't have assumed that the rules were the same given that this is not DDO, and (b) as I said before: "in cases which are novel--like this one--the rulings made will be novel (this novelty is necessary to establish precedent which can later be referenced)." Novelty may be inconvenient precisely for the reasons you mention, but making novel rulings is nevertheless vital and unavoidable.
>> And yes, this isn't a court case. But maybe you should alter your policies so that the concepts apply.
Two responses. First, your analogy makes no sense. I am not finding anyone guilty or innocent, and therefore I should not be using a standard that is only applied when finding someone guilty or innocent. What I am doing here is making a ruling about what kinds of votes are permissible--which requires me to interpret the rules, NOT to apply a standard of proof. Rules interpretations are not evidentiary questions, and so they are not concerned with those kinds of standards. Second, you should not fairly expect to deserve a win without making any arguments. This is the basic principle I am applying, and it is unquestionably a good principle. Even if you feel as if this particular application of that principle has led to an unfair outcome, you cannot argue against the principle itself. So, if a good principle is being used to render a decision which is unfair only because the decision is novel, then I don't see any valid objection to the decision because the principle is sound and novelty is unavoidable.
#63
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compared to like say north korea come on its a vacation spot
#62
Added:
"I do not need to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" Well maybe you should. There's a reason why those concepts exist. To prevent tyranny.
Second, if the standard is different on this site then you should have told me, which you didn't.
The way it was on DDO was if your opponent conceded, you win. Period. The rule change isn't what bothered me, it's the lack of openness about it that bothers me.
And yes, this isn't a court case. But maybe you should alter your policies so that the concepts apply. You are the government of DART.
Do you want to review these concepts? because you really should start following them.
Contender
#61
Added:
--> @Mharman
This is not DDO, and the way rules are interpreted on DDO has no bearing on how they will be interpreted here.
You can complain that you didn't know you needed to put forward arguments, but there are three reasons to reject that line of argument: (a) you should not fairly expect to deserve a win without making arguments even if your opponent conceded, (b) in cases which are novel--like this one--the rulings made will be novel (this novelty is necessary to establish precedent which can later be referenced), and (c) the reasonable inference based on your prior forfeits is that you were unlikely to contribute in rounds 4 and 5. This is not a court of law, nor even is this a case of me finding anyone guilty or innocent; therefore, I do not need to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Making reasonable inferences based on context is perfectly acceptable.
#60
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--> @Mharman
If you’re interested in the topic, start a new debate on it. You could even recycle anything you already wrote for this one...
#59
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--> @bsh1
NO, I had no idea I had to post arguments in Rounds 4 and 5 AFTER my opponent conceded the debate. I was acting off of Airmax's interpretation of the rules, and you rejected the common DDO interpretation and substituted it with your own.
you say that because I didn't post in the first three rounds means that I wasn't interested in this debate. You don't know that. you can't see inside my head. I was interested; I was just busy. You assummed I was already guilty of being uninterested based off of only 3/5ths proof, which is the "guilty until proven innocent" logic, when it should be "innocent until proven guilty".
Contender
#58
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--> @Mharman
You "had no idea" that you needed to post arguments in Rounds 1, 2, and 3, BEFORE you opponent's concession? Give me a break. As I said below: "At that point, you had shown no interest in the debate, and so there is no reason to believe that you would have actually posted an argument had your opponent not conceded, and given you a chance to rescue what otherwise would've been a loss."
There was no rule change; there was a rule interpretation. You full forfeited, and your opponent conceded. Both of these would normally result in auto-losses, but you can both auto-lose, so there has to be some interpretation to resolve that tension. The obvious way to resolve that tension is to reward the person who actually made arguments over the person who made none. Your full forfeit trumps his concession, resulting in you losing this debate.
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--> @bsh1
I had no idea that I even needed to post an argument. On DDO, I would've won this debate. But you changed the rules without telling me, which unfairly screwed me over.
Contender
#56
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--> @Mharman
It was your choice to forfeit Round 1, 2, and 3, before your opponent "conceded." At that point, you had shown no interest in the debate, and so there is no reason to believe that you would have actually posted an argument had your opponent not conceded, and given you a chance to rescue what otherwise would've been a loss.
You cannot honestly and reasonably assert that you should win a debate in which you made NO arguments. Your full forfeit predates and outweighs his concession for that precise reason.
#55
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--> @Virtuoso, @bsh1
I assumed that since my opponent conceded in the thread, that I didn't have to post an argument, and that the win would be mine. If I had known I still had to post an argument, I would have. you guys screwed me over by not telling me I needed to post an argument. For this reason, I should be handed the win.
Contender
#54
#8
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Pro participated in the debate.
Pro provided sources whereas con did not.
Both spelled just fine.
Both forfeited some rounds.
#7
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Pro was the only debater to make a proficient argument, offer any sources, and forfeited slightly less. S and G was fine for both.
#6
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
rfd in comments
#5
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Ramshutu was allowed to tie a vote on a debate where my opponent conceded. Maybe get a fucking grip or something?
#4
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Full forfeit
#3
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Pro actually provided an argument
Big oof
#2
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
See comments:
https://www.debateart.com/debates/1217/comment_links/19545
Gist:
From various direct human rights abuses to outright sponsoring terrorism, SA was proven to be highly immoral and wicked. There was no counter case, con forfeited for over a month (60% of the debate I might add)...
#1
Criterion Pro Tie Con Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Only one person gave arguments for the contention in the debate. That was TheAtheist.
He is also the only person to use evidence that pertained to the debate at hand. Whether it be dress code, terrorism and abortion.
TheAtheist forfeited 2 rounds while Mharman forfeited 3 rounds while also for 5 rounds giving no argument or rebuttals.
I am giving conduct to Pro because Mharman could've given an argument an rebutted if we go by his last two active rounds he was there and submitted words but he didn't. He also forfeited earlier which gave nothing for TheAtheist to rebut.