So, amid the disturbing reports of the Saudi's executing forty-seven people in one day came the startling detail that one person, whose sentence seems to have not yet been carried out, had been sentenced to be crucified (most Saudi executions are by beheading). I don't know why that seemed so unsettling, but it does. I think it must be the sheer unfamiliarity with the way others carry out death sentences helps us fool ourselves that our own ways of doing the same thing aren't similarly cruel and barbaric.
Here's a link to the article; the details about the particular case are about three-quarters of the way down through the piece.
current reading: Aratus's PHAENOMENA
UPDATE: I corrected the number of people executed that day from fifty-seven to forty-seven.