STONING AND ISLAM

STONING, IT’S LIKE A SPORTING EVENT TO MUSLIMS. HERE WE HAVE A WOMAN SENTENCED TO BE STONED TO DEATH, THE WEST PUTS UP A BIT OF STINK OVER IT AND NOW THEY ARE JUST GOING TO HANG HER. APPARENTLY STONING WOMEN IS POPULAR ENOUGH OVER THERE THAT IT’S STARTING TO BE SEEN AS A PROBLEM! REALLY???? YOU DON’T SAY? PROBLEM IS…IT’S NOT JUST ‘STARTING’, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. WOMEN ARE COMPLETLY EXPENDABLE, A DONKEY HOLDS MORE VALUE. AND THEN WE SEE ANOTHER STORY OF ANOTHER MUSLIM WOMAN AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER…AND RATHER THAN CONFRONT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS…WE STAY SILENT ON THEM. AND LET THEM DIE.

 

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Iranian authorities are considering executing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by hanging rather than stoning. - Iranian authorities are considering executing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by hanging rather than stoning. | Associated Press

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GLOBE EDITORIAL

A misogynous penalty for Sakineh Ashtiani

From Friday’s Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 11:26PM EST
Last updated Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 1:50PM EST

Iranian authorities are considering executing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by hanging rather than stoning, according to the latest reports on this mother of two.

Her original sentence of death by stoning was lifted amid international condemnation, including from Canada, the European Union and other countries. The Vatican pleaded for clemency. Brazil offered asylum. This latest development has not raised much outrage. It should.

Ms. Ashtiani is serving 10 years after being convicted of helping to kill her husband. She was also convicted of having an “illicit relationship” with two men, a crime punishable by stoning, according to Islamic law. According to Amnesty International, she has received 99 lashings as part of her sentence.

In 2010, Laureen Harper, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, and Indigo CEO Heather Reisman wrote to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling for her release from prison. Their letter read: “As mothers, sisters and daughters, we are gravely concerned about the unfair, undue legal processes faced by women in Iran. Repugnant sentences, such as death by stoning, are routinely rendered against women in Iran.” Lawrence Cannon, the minister of foreign affairs at the time, also expressed concern over reports she was forced to confess on Iranian television.

Last month, a resolution adopted by 89 United Nations member states condemned stoning and the rise in death sentences for crimes “lacking a precise and explicit definition,” and Amnesty International released a report on the “dramatic rise” in death sentences for drug offences.

In Ms. Ashtiani’s case, though, the outcry has gone quiet. A Web site calling for her release, with a petition signed by Mrs. Harper and a host of celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Sting and Yoko Ono has not been updated since 2010.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights, has reportedly said stoning should be considered a punishment, not a form of execution, adding it is more lenient. Why? Because half of the victims survive.

The international community must keep up the pressure.

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5 thoughts on “STONING AND ISLAM

  1. Islam will constantly bring nations into a situation so they can justify that we started the battle. Islam teaches Muslims that Islam must take over the world for their Allah and destroy us. When is the rest of the world going to WAKE UP. Islam can only survive doing battle with nations. The best thing to do right now is to sent every Islamic follower no matter what country they were born in, back to the desert and leave them all their never letting them out. At least now you know where they all are. I guarantee you that you will see all these world problems STOP. If something does happen then we can see where it came from. END OF STORY.

  2. The West is playing a dangerous game in deciphering “moderates” VS “extremists.”

    A practising muslim will always follow the evil green book and all the passages. CK, I agree – time to declare this theocracy as an Enemy of the State.

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