In a government dominated by Islamic Theology, such as seen in Iran these days and in places like Afghanistan under the Taliban, Sharia Law is enforced as the primary judicial authority. There are a number of things which are forbidden or restricted under Sharia Law which we, in the West, consider either “more acceptable and less serious” or just not a crime at all. I have chosen just one such law to make my point here. Under Sharia Law any two people engaging in sex, who are not married, are guilty of adultery. The usual punishment is public flogging, nominally 100 lashes. If either or both of the involved parties are married (to some one else of course) then the Adultery is a "capital offense" and the punishment is stoning.
Now the death penalty seems harsh enough, but I want you to consider just what “stoning” is for a moment. Most of us have seen movies where people have been stoned and it looks fairly barbaric, but let me tell you, what they do under Sharia Law makes those movie scenes look like a slap on the wrist. The best way for me to make this point is to show you a You Tube video clip, smuggled out of Iran in 1991. In it you will see a man, charged with Adultery, who is first taken before an Islamic Judge, is then flogged (100 lashes), tied up in a sheet, placed in a hole and buried up to his neck -and then stoned by a crowd repeatedly shouting “Allah Akbar” (God is Great).
I warn you, before you watch it –it is graphic and disturbing (a man, a human being, is beaten and killed brutally) –you may not want to watch it.
Any religious group that can so readily justify such barbaric behavior does not yet understand he concept of "civilized behavior" or the term "human understanding". If you do watch this clip, you will understand why any attempt, any, to bring Sharia Law into Western Society must be vigorously and rigorously opposed!
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