Monday, July 21, 2008

Stones and Circles

In Iran, eight women and a man have been sentenced to death by stoning:

The eight women sentenced, whose ages range from 27 to 43, had convictions including prostitution, incest and adultery, Reuters news agency reported. The man, a 50-year-old music teacher, was convicted of illegal sex with a student, reports said. ... Under Iran's strict penal code, men convicted of adultery should be buried up to their waists and women up to their chests for stoning. The stones used should not be large enough to kill the person immediately.
Oh goodness no -- you don't want vile miscreants like this to die swiftly. I mean, you definitely want them to die -- that should go without saying, yes? -- but you want them to experience several final minutes of agonizing pain during which they can contemplate how wrong they were for deploying their genitals in ways that god, in his infinite wisdom, disfavors.

God wants what he wants, and if that means he wants people tortured to death for sex acts, who are we to question it? And who would question the premise that Iran's judiciary functions in accordance with the will of god? And who would dare look upon any of this and permit themselves to doubt whether Islam is a religion of peace? Of course it is a religion of peace -- and mercy, justice, wisdom, love, compassion, etc. It says so itself.

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