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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sharia Law on the Street in Iran

Most of the people of Islam faith that I have met are kind, polite, and likable. Some that I know who come from Iran, now tell people they are from Turkey or some other Mid East country. Many have adapted well in our community, and are respected citizens.

I cannot help to understand, the reason they deny their country of origin. If I was from Iran, I would do the same. Muslims in Iran, have embraced Sharia law, and while all Muslims do not condone the strict practice of Sharia law, many do.

Sharia law can be brutal, cruel, and unforgiving. Thieves lose their hands, and homosexuals lose their lives. It may be a compelling argument against lawlessness, but in my mind it just goes to far. It is an example of man's inhumanity to man. It is what we should be all against, and we should not even entertain the idea of tolerating the practice of Sharia law, anywhere in the world.

A recent series of pictures came out of Iran. It was about an eight year old boy who stole some bread. This cannot be verified if this is what the boy actually did, but there was street justice. And this boy who is apparently young suffered a punishment, that no eight year old should ever have to endure. It is just plain wrong. These pictures came out of Iran with little explanation, it is up to you to decide for yourself what has happened.

I won't show you the pictures here, I will provide the link, but before you go to this site realize this is not something for the faint at heart, and it is not for children. It is for the people who people who want to know why we should be totally opposed to the practice of Sharia law in any place in the world. Here is the link, travel carefully friend.

This was one comment about the post on the original site, and we should consider this as a possibility:

"I'm an Iranian and I've seen these pictures in a report in a local newspaper before. It's not a 'punishment' or anything like that. If it was a punishment they wouldn't put the soft thing under the boy's arm. According to the report, the man in the picture is making a show of the boy's abilities just to make money from the people standing there. This is their everyday activity. Very Very sorrowing. Please be careful not to post anything that you don't have enough information about. And don't post such things which are to make hate in the hearts of the people rather than sympathy.Last edited by Mohammad on Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:32 am; edited 1 time in total"

While this may be as the person says a performance, this form of Sharia law is practiced in Iran, and the cruelness cannot be denied.


At 12:19 PM, Blogger CosmicMojo said...

the bible says to stone women who show their hair. so, we just can't judge a culture or religion by quotes taken out of context from their holy book

At 12:28 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for your comment. The Bible says many things, and we do not practice those archaic principles.

Nor should we tolerate, this kind of inhumanity, that exists in Iran and other countries around the world. I am quite willing to say that this practice is wrong, terrible, and without justification.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Cosmicmojo, I would also like for you to tell me what I have taken out of context, you totlally lose me there. The example, that is linked here, is a practice that can be seen repeated over, and over again. If you find an error in what I am reporting, I am more than inclined to listen to your reasoning.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I think it is important that we learn more about other cultures and not turn a blind eye to barbaric and outdated customs of any religion. After all, Christianity has its own share of dirty laundry...burning witches, Inquisition, Crusades, Ku Klux Klan, and more.

I think we need to be aware of what is out there and fight wrongnesses in the world.

At the same time, the point that the poster made that this was a performance, takes this out of the religious realm and should make us sit back and go...okay, what would drive a person to 'make a performance' of this type. Hunger? Homelessness? Unemployment? Lack of value given to human life? Perhaps if we can get to the root of the situation, we can change it in a peaceful and helpful way.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for your comment. I would like to point your direction to another site from Iran, that illustrates the implementation of Sharia law in Iran.
Here is the link

Thanks again for your comments.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

To be, death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy (which I had to look up the meaning of) is wayyyyyy overboard. However, the death penalty for the other 'hard crimes' doesn't seem that far off the mark and it does say that the amputations are rarely performed...only in severe repeat offender cases. This person had stolen 90 times! We can put them away for life if they are a three time offender here, I believe. I am not advocating what they are doing, just saying that it's not like they cut a person's hand off for a one time offense, which I think is the way it used to perhaps this is actually signs of progress. And which is time in prison where the law abiding citizens pay for the person's food and care and shelter or making it so the person cannot steal anymore at no further cost to society. I don't have the answers here, just throwing out thoughts for conversation.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger B O B said...

The News that you read there was from Iran itself. Here are what some refugees say what happens there.

Death penalty

The death penalty is routinely handed down in connection with charges of membership in opposition parties (often trumped up charges of spying and threatening national security) in addition to charges of murder, drug trafficking, and armed robbery. There are numerous young people and children who, according to the government’s own records, have been publicly hanged. Additionally, people have been targeted for extrajudicial executions and stonings for their sexuality, 'adultery' or 'sodomy'.

Here is a link to their report

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I wonder if it was reports like this one that led to Bush's proclamation of Iran being part of the 'axis of evil'.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger D L Ennis said...

It's amazing how primitive we humans still are. We can do most anything but be civil to each other.



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