It doesn’t matter if you were drunk or insane, if you claim to be an atheist, you will get your head cut off.

The Saudi Arabian government has just sentenced a man to death for statements made at a party caught on a viral video.

And this government doesn’t fool around when you offend “the Prophet.”

On Tuesday, a Saudi Arabian court dismissed an appeal from Ahmad Al-Shamri, who had spent three years in prison over charges of “atheism and blasphemy.”

The Independent reports:

A man identified by local media as Ahmad Al-Shamri, in his 20s, lost two appeals after being arrested on charges of blasphemy for social media videos in which he denounced the Prophet Mohammed. 

[He] has reportedly been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy after losing two appeals. 

Several local media reports identified the man as Ahmad Al-Shamri from the town of Hafar al-Batin, who first came to the authorities’ attention in 2014 after allegedly uploading videos to social media in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. 

He was arrested on charges of atheism and blasphemy and held in prison before being convicted by a local court and sentenced to death in February 2015.

At the time, Mr. Shamri’s defense entered an insanity plea, adding that his client was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of making the videos. 

He reportedly lost an Appeals Court case, and a Supreme Court ruled against him earlier this week.

While news stories in the last few years consistently identify Mr. Shamri, his identity or sentencing has not been verified by the Saudi authorities. 

The Independent’s requests for comment from Saudi government representatives were not immediately answered. 

This does not mean everyone in Saudi Arabia is praising this move by the courts.  Some are adamantly and publicly against it.

This court ruling is in blatant disregard of the UN Human Rights Panel, which Saudi Arabia chairs.  The UN supports freedom of religion for all people.

Open court proceedings are taken for granted in the West, but the Saudi courts are often very clandestine.

For instance, in October 2014, three lawyers, Dr. Abdulrahman al-Subaihi, Bander al-Nogaithan and Abdulrahman al-Rumaih, were sentenced to up to eight years in prison for using Twitter to criticize the Ministry of Justice, reportedly because of their arbitrary and secret actions.

The reason for the apparent arbitrary nature of Saudi justice is because these laws are based on Sharia Law, which varies widely in interpretation depending on the opinion of the local religious leaders.

Shiite Imam, Mohammad Tawhidi of Australia admits that the wrong Imam creates a kangaroo court.  He and his family fled the Middle East for religious freedom in the West.

This becomes important because of some royal decrees by the Saudi King in 2014…

“Under Saudi Arabia’s strict religious laws, leaving Islam can be punishable by harsh prison sentences and corporeal punishment – and a 2014 string of royal decrees under the late King Abdullah re-defined atheists as terrorists, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. 

Last year, a citizen was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing atheistic sentiment in hundreds of social media posts.

Mr. Shamri’s name and hometown have trended on Arabic-speaking Twitter in the last few days. Some users have even celebrated his sentencing.

“If you’re a lowkey atheist that’s fine. But once you talk in public and criticize God or religion, then you shall be punished,” one such post read. 

“I wish there could be live streaming when you cut his head off,” said another.

If you doubt just what the stakes are, and why President Trump is trying to get the courts to go along with his travel ban, look at the tweets from the people in Saudi Arabia supporting the death sentence of this young man.