- Saudi Arabia condemned the attack on the Charlie Hebo offices in Paris as a "cowardly terrorist act"
- But Ali A. Rizvi writes that days later the Kingdom flogged blogger Raif Badawi for crimes including "founding a liberal website"
- Rizvi says the world turns a blind eye to this "hypocrisy" from a country where he says change needs to come from within
Ali A. Rizvi is a Pakistani-Canadian writer and friend of Raif Badawi. He grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, and is an advocate for secularism and reform in the Muslim world. He is currently writing his first book, "The Atheist Muslim." Follow @aliamjadrizvi. The views expressed in this commentary are solely the author's.
(CNN)"The Kingdom ... strongly condemns and denounces this cowardly terrorist act that is rejected by true Islamic religion as well as the rest of the religions and beliefs."