Monday, February 4, 2008

Whose Standards?

Mike Huckabee and the rest of the American religious right must be so very pleased! A modern nation-state governs itself according to god's standards rather than trying to change god's standards to match some contemporary view, and this is how it looks:

Two Iranian sisters convicted of adultery face being stoned to death after the supreme court upheld the death sentences against them, the Etemad newspaper reported.

The two sisters were found guilty of adultery – a capital crime in Islamic Iran – after the husband of one of the pair presented video evidence showing them in the company of other men while he was away.
Nor is this barbarity limited to Islam -- Leviticus 20:10 demands the execution of adulterers, albeit without specifying stoning as the method of execution. Leviticus 24:16 specifies stoning for blasphemers, and Deuteronomy 17 offers up a variety of stonable offenses, including worship of the wrong gods.

Amnesty International notes that Iran's obedience to god's standards is faithful to his jaundiced view of the female half of his creation:
The majority of those sentenced to death by stoning are women. Women are not treated equally with men under the law and by courts, and they are also particularly vulnerable to unfair trials because their higher illiteracy rate makes them more likely to sign confessions to crimes they did not commit.
Isn't it interesting how cruelty, illiteracy, discrimination, inequality and "following god's standards" go hand-in-hand?

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