A Primer on Islam, pt 6

Friends,

I realize that by now this might be old news, but I cannot help that the news media continues to report it–as if it’s new news. Here’s the latest: Saudi Punishes Gang Rape Victim with 200 Lashes. So:

A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.

It is strange that we live in times where such barbarism is tolerated by the world. I wonder what sort public outcry we would hear if such things were taking place in America? I think that some of our more outspoken feminists in the United States would be appalled at such a travesty of justice and would be crying out, “Shame!” on the Saudi’s.

In my ongoing public service series of posts, I am hoping to educate the uneducated on some of the more salient aspects of the religion of Islam. I assure you that when I come across a story involving grace, mercy and true justice from and Islamic nation I will publish that as well. Maybe the news outlets that I frequent will help in this effort and publish some such stories.

jerry

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