A favorite pastime of our “friends” the Saudis is to fund both academic centers (most prominently, at Harvard and Georgetown) and Muslim Brotherhood agitators whose main task is to lecture the United States on tolerance. What we are supposed to tolerate, of course, is sharia encroachment in the West. The generously underwritten mission finds no shortage of useful idiots to help organize sundry “Islamophobia” conferences, “centers for interfaith understanding,” and the like.

Another favorite Saudi pastime is decapitation. Take today’s report from al-Ahram:

Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens on Monday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow Saudi in the southwestern Mecca region, the interior ministry said.

Saleh bin Ali al-Shemmarani was executed for stabbing to death Ali bin Saeed al-Shemmarani after a dispute between the two, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

A total of 57 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of the year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, the Gulf country executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch has put the number at 69.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.

Notice that last bit: Saudi Arabia’s “strict” version of sharia. Not “false,” “hi-jacked,” or “Islamophobic slander” version of sharia. Strict, as in deeply rooted in scripture. Meaning that the only thing Islam’s apologists can really do to discredit it is to portray it as “quaint” or – that bête noir of progressives — “literal.” By all means, though, let’s get to that next interfaith understanding confab where no one ever quite needs to understand why 21st century Islam’s remedy for freedom of conscience is to be decapitated by the state.