Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Iranian Death Sentences Upheld

With the lead of The Religion of Peace, this article in Iran Focus about some severe sentences upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court.

I must admit that I don't have a ton of respect for the findings of an Iranian Court. Perhaps that is just an ethnocentric admission of xenophobia. But, if the men are rapists they deserve harsh punishment. If the crime is authentic and if the defendants were guilty it isn't so much the death penalty that has me disturbed, but rather the way the punishment is to be meted out.

Iran’s Islamic Penal Code is very specific about the manner of execution and types of stones which should be used for stoning sentences. Article 102 states that men will be buried up to their waists and women up to their breasts for the purpose of execution by stoning. Article 104 states, with reference to the penalty for adultery, that the stones used should “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”.
I cannot believe that Allah takes pride in this butchery. Wouldn't his punishment be enough?


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