Sunday, February 12, 2006

Islam and Justice

I had read about this story a couple weeks ago, and then again today. Unbelievable! From One Hand Clapping who linked to Outside the Beltway:

Where is the ACLU when you need it?
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 07 – An Iranian court has sentenced a teenage rape victim to death by hanging after she weepingly confessed that she had unintentionally killed a man who had tried to rape both her and her niece.... She described how the three men pushed her and her 16-year-old niece Somayeh onto the ground and tried to rape them, and said that she took out a knife from her pocket and stabbed one of the men in the hand. As the girls tried to escape, the men once again attacked them, and at this point, Nazanin said, she stabbed one of the men in the chest. The teenage girl, however, broke down in tears in court as she explained that she had no intention of killing the man but was merely defending herself and her younger niece from rape, the report said.
The court, however, issued on Tuesday a sentence for Nazanin to be hanged to death.It seems that under sharia law, when a woman is being raped she really is supposed to lie back and enjoy it. Then, of course, having been violated she is therefore unclean and has brought permanent dishonor to her family because her virginity can never be restored. So she must be killed by her father or brother to return honor to the family. No, this isn’t satire, and odds are that Nazanin has already been hanged.

Yeah, sure - it's just a different culture and we should let them be. Don't worry about all the Nazanins over there who are being murdered and hanged each day. Their "culture" is not our problem. And uh . . . the Americans that they murdered and decapitated? Well, I guess that shouldn't bother us either. Murdering and beheading are part of that culture, and we need to respect and appreciate their cultural uniqueness.

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