Stoning a Woman to Death

Barbaric 6th-century retribution has no place in modern society

It seems the world is beset by religious fundamentalists.  Catholics.  Baptists.  Zionists.  Islamists.

All happy to kill people in the name of some holy book.

You can’t have missed the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, condemned by an Iranian religious court to be stoned to death, due to some ludicrous stricture laid down by a sixth-century sheep-herder.

This is insane.

Now we hear that Mohammas Mostafaei, the courageous Iranian lawyer defending Sakineh, has been abducted, presumably by the Islamic cavemen who hold ordinary Iranians in their insane religious grip.

People aren’t stupid, and Iranians are among the most sophisticated in the history of the world. These are the Persians.  And yet, they’ve been overtaken by the sort of certainty that has given the world most of its oppressions.

It seems they’re not entirely impervious to international opinion, and therefore we can do something about this latest outrage.

Go here and do THIS.

21 thoughts on “Stoning a Woman to Death

  1. Where’s Jesus when you need him, to tell them, ‘he without sin cast the first stone’.. is that how it goes. Wise words. 2000 years later, still at the same thing. Sad.

  2. To the best of my knowledge, Jesus met with an unfortunate accident and passed away about two thousand years ago.

  3. Women are buried up to their breasts but men are only buried up to the waist which allows them to wriggle out of the stoning pit. You’d love to have been a fly on the wall when they were sitting around making this stuff up.

  4. True Lapsed, and one man did manage to dig himself out and was granted his freedom – must be a bit like if the rope snaps if your being hung, your free.The choice of stones is another key factor. The Iranian penal law (Hodoud, article 104) cleary states that the stones “must not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones”.

  5. Yes I think. In fairness, the clerics, all barking mad , were loathe to pass the stoning sentence over the last few years. There was a moratorium on it. – although the BBC report that there were eight stonings in the last seven years. However, Ipswich Town boss Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose moonlighting as the Pres of Iran, wanted the moratorium dropped. He’s some man for one man is Roy Keane.

  6. Didn’t Voltaire say that “Men who believe absurdities will commit atrocities”?

    Applies to any wackjob god-botherer or indoctrinated robot, religious or secular. It’s worth picking up a copy of “Prometheus Rising” by Robert Anton Wilson for more on the process of brain-washing.

  7. That’s right Bock, Deuteronomy says a woman raped in the city was obviously enjoying it, otherwise she would have cried rape or somesuch, and alerted people to her plight, whereupon the rape would have not proceeded. So both parties were required to be stoned, even though, by the logic in use, it wasn’t really a rape. A rape in the country however was different as nobody might have heard her cries, so only the man was to be stoned. Logical in a way, if you believe sex outside marriage deserves death.

    What’s most impressive though is that there was obviously a clear separation bet ween rural and urban areas. An Taisce would have loved it.

  8. Isn’t it strange how harming women is always at the top of the agenda of these fundamentalisms?

    I’d include neo-liberal capitalism among those religions.

  9. As an airline pilot said to me onetime, in the East one commits adultry and gets stoned; in the West one gets stoned; and commits adultry! but seriously, as unjust and cruel as their laws are to us, and they are; they would be just as shocked at our western attitudes towards our sexual freedom and our lenient laws against the criminals and our soft prisons etc. It’s a hard call!

  10. Ah Bock,

    them Iranians are equal opportunities oppressors as shown above. But they’ve also made sure that Sakinehs lawyer has been disappeared too.

    Lovely huh?

  11. It’s a bit of a crossroads in moral beliefs, I was all for the hanging of scumfucks till I trawled the net and looked up such sites as truthtube,com I won’t provide any links, it wont take long to find them, makes me think differently about my hang em high attitude I had till five hours ago

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