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16 November 2007

If Islamic Nations Want to Be Taken Seriously

Then we have to stop seeing headlines like this:

Saudi Court Punishes Rape Victim With 200 Lashes
In a ruling decried by Saudi lawyers as too severe, a court in the desert kingdom this week sentenced a female victim of gang rape to six months in prison and 200 lashes for being alone with a man who was not her relative.
Of course, the woman's crime was very great:
The woman's former boyfriend, who was not one of the rapists, was sitting alone with the woman when a group of seven men abducted them and raped them both. The woman was raped 14 times, according to reports.
The male victim got 90 lashes.

One can only hope that one day countries like this will pull their collective heads from the lower end of their GI tracts with a massive "pop" and join the 21st century.

Or at least the 17th.

There is nothing I can say here that could more sharply point out the stupidity.
Religion has outlived its usefulness. Running a political entity by religious diktat has been unuseful for centuries.

Primitive? It's not so much "Sic semper tyrannis" as "Sic semper tyrannosaurus".

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4 Comments:

At 9:54 a.m., Blogger a h m a d said...

The couple's attackers were originally sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 months to five years in prison, but also had their sentences increased to two to nine years this week, reports said.

After reading that they punished the victim with 200 lashes, I was expecting them to execute the attackers or at least cut their male organs. :P

Well, the KSA system is very retarded. Unfortunately, there is no way to correct it for two main reasons that I can think of.
Firstly, religion is used as a "tool" to face any opposition and hence it would be a very simple task to eliminate/ kill/ torture/ imprison/ destroy any opposition in the name of God.
Secondly, USA is backing up the Saudi regime for the time being. Obviously, USA is happy with their military bases in the desert of KSA which help them keep their grip tight on the region. USA is happy buying oil. Plus USA is happy selling (obsolete?) war machines to the Saudi Kings despite the fact that Saudis are too lazy to/ cannot operate these machines themselves.

I think we should not blame religion for man's greed and stupidity...

 
At 11:43 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

I'm not blaming the religion alone. But I am certainly blaming the conflation of church and state. In a free society, the rule of religion has no place in public life.

The House of Saud uses Wahabbism to control its people. The message here is: "If you contribute to making our justice system the mockery of the world, you will be punished."

She got more lashes for fighting her sentence than for getting raped in the first place ...

Judas priest that sounds crazy when you say it out loud.

Is there any real basis in the Qur'an for this sort of thing?

 
At 12:17 p.m., Blogger a h m a d said...

Wahhabi way of thought is very narrow; it indirectly asks the follower to stop thinking and to stick to the literal text.

The Qur'an doesn't teach punishing someone for being alone with someone of the opposite sex. Also, none of the quotations of the messenger of Islam teach that. I have no idea on what the Saudi regime based its laws to come up with such an unfair punishment.

By the way, if they were to follow Qur'an, they would have known that hereditary ruling is forbidden! But again, religion is just a cover up or “opium.”

It is not the fault of the people because everyone who requests correction is being thrown into jail or executed. I cannot imagine a rebellion taking place with such tight martial control, vivid ingelligence and USA backup of the Saudi regime.

It is not the fault of religion as it doesn’t teach such sick practices.

I think that the problem lies in greedy kings abusing their power and exploiting religion.

 
At 11:20 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

I agree with most of your points. However, I still feel that religion needs to be abandoned.

For as long as someone can misinterpret a "holy text" to allow them to do what they want to--whether it be to take a mistress, start a war, or kill three hundred people with poisoned Flavr-Ade, they will.

To accept religious rule is to accept a dictatorship, no matter what the religion is. Because in the end, all arguments come down to "because I said so, and you'll suffer if you don't."

 

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