Instigator / Pro
Points: 56

Saudi Arabia is the Most Evil Country in the World

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TheAtheist
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Contender / Con
Points: 12
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!
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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
Added:
--> @bsh1
Woah wtf? My opponent conceded the debate. This should be my win.
Contender
#53
Added:
Thanks. Ultimately, the goal is to produce fair verdicts.
#52
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--> @Virtuoso
So basically what is worse: someone stating they are leaving or someone not giving an argument right?
This is an actual no brainer. An argument is better than no argument. Given it is required for a debate there is only one clear answer to what should be valued when it comes to debates, arguments then everything else can follow if both of them decide to do that as a bare minimum.
#51
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--> @TheRealNihilist
Probably because there was confusion whether this debate should be viewed as a concession or ff.
#50
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--> @Virtuoso
I thought I made it clear in my vote all the relevant data of this debate. Why was this so contested?
#49
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--> @Virtuoso, @bsh1
@Virtuoso
bsh1 made the right ruling.
@bsh1
Good one.
#48
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--> @Ragnar
"I did not report any votes which did otherwise."
I did because it is clearly unfair for someone to give an argument only to lose because the other guy stayed till the very end. The question which should be asked is where is your argument and why didn't you make it when you stayed for that long?
Given this problem I gave the convincing argument and the conduct to Pro because he actually bothered to state what was relevant. Mharman didn't post an argument nor did he state why he didn't bother making an argument. Maybe he thought this would be an easy win so he didn't give an argument. He had the gall to post something irrelevant to this thread but didn't have the time to post an argument. If I accept the new evidence not about the debate at hand. I will still give TheAtheist all the points I gave. If I simply remove that out of the equation I would still vote the same because Mharman still forfeited more rounds and didn't give any arguments.
#47
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--> @Ragnar
Yeah, and I saw that. It was kind of a catch-22, but bsh made the final ruling. I am in agreement with his decision.
#46
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--> @Virtuoso
I strongly assumed if any official ruling was made, it would just be that this debate is non-moderated due to the catch-22 (https://www.debateart.com/forum/topics/2534/post_links/112461). Hence, while I respected TheAthiest's work enough to vote in his favor due to the content of the debate, I did not report any votes which did otherwise.
#45
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--> @RationalMadman
@everyone - see below
#44
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This debate has perplexed the mod team for quite some time. On one hand, con full forfeited even though pro made a forum post to concede all debates. In this instance, bsh ruled that because this is a full forfeit, all votes must go to Pro. Any votes for con will be removed
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--> @RationalMadman
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>Reported Vote: [RationalMadman] // Mod action: [Removed]
>Points Awarded: All points tied
>Reason for Decision: I will like to know what the fuck this is and why I must give Con a single point
>Reason for Mod Action: In order to award a tie, one still needs to analyze the arguments and why they left the arguments as a tie.
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#42
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---RFD 1 of 2---
Interpreting the resolution:
On balance Saudi Arabia (SA) is the most immoral or wicked country today.
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)...
Concession policy:
We may vote on the grounds of an explicit concession without considering arguments, but not an implicit one. Outside of the debate pro gave an implicit concession (it was grouped for the dozen debates he had ongoing, this one was not explicitly called out), so that were what we graded, the implicit concession of con choosing to drop every argument and make none for a whole month, is far closer to being an explicit concession than what pro did.
1. Human Rights
“Saudi Arabia is the seventh most authoritarian regime in the world”
“Women in Saudi Arabia are considered second-class citizens and are denied many of the freedoms granted to Saudi Arabian men.”
“Homosexuals are imprisoned and executed”
“required to be Muslim by law ... Atheists are considered terrorists through a royal decree” WTF?
“Jammal Kashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi agents in Turkey simply because of his opposition to the Saudi government.”
Etc., Etc.
2. Sponsors International Terrorism
“Saudi Arabia sponsored and continues to sponsor terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Al-Nusra” And first random line my eyes went to on the source for that “includes links to 9/11 and the growing threat posed by ISIS.”
3. “Forfeited” & “conceded”
“Forfeited” was all con offered in refutation of the topical case (which is to say nothing). A Kritik that the debate should not apply was begun, but any reason to reject the debate content was missing from the appeal.
#41
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---RFD 2 of 2---
Arguments:
See above review of key points. I have just used skimmed quotes from pro, as they were powerful and completely non-contested (plus those were just the tip of the iceberg for these issues).
No other nations but SA were introduced into the debate for consideration, nor even the slightest defense of SA as not being purely evil (even a Kritik that evil doesn’t exist would have been better than this...).
Sources:
Sources alone are not arguments. Con offers a single link to a forum, and says he should win for that.
Pro on the other hand offered over a dozen insightful sources, backing up the claims he made about SA. The Wikipedia article on them beheading civilians and refusing to let their families have the bodies stands out (side note: disappearing people is considered a worse war crime than just murder, since the family will never know for certain if the person is really dead; or maybe off somewhere still being tortured), as does the Amnesty International report and the details it links to of the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi at a Turkish embassy (side note: whose body they also won’t give up, even while alternating between claims of it was an accident or he’s alive and healthy).
Conduct:
Greater forfeiture from con (pro missed the end, but less than half forfeited vs over half forfeited is a pretty significant difference; even more so when a single missed round is grounds for a conduct award). The only main negative thing to say about pro, is him complaining about what happened “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...” Which applies to why we have voting standards for any debate.
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--> @Ragnar
Plz vote.
#39
#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.