Floggings, Beheadings, and the Western Narrative

In front of the busy Al-Jalafi Mosque in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a short, pixelated cellphone video captures the graphic scene of a man being mercilessly flogged in front of hundreds of onlookers. A policeman shouts at the crowd that no cellphones are allowed and recording is forbidden, but the mob’s rhythmic chants of “Allahu akbar” …