Monday, February 04, 2008

What's Wrong with These People? -- Chapter 2

It's been estimated that 25% of American women have had extra-marital affairs. That's a lot of potential stonings if American women were suffering the same oppression known to Iranian women. Why are Iranian men irrational about women's sexuality? What do they fear? Since they are terrified by sexual desire among women and they believe murdering women is the appropriate punishment for sexual freedom, what other absurdities are these people capable of embracing?

As scary as some existing islamic beliefs and practices are, they're likely to get worse. The Iranians are attempting to obtain nuclear weapons and develop long-range missiles. What would a country that kills women for having sexual relationships do with nuclear weapons and missiles? The Iranians appear to think the world needs the stern hand of islam. It looks like Iran wants to carry on the tradition of spreading islam by force, this time with nuclear power. Hence, for the good of the world, the Iranian nuclear experiment must stop. A therapeutic bombing would end it.

Iranian sisters face stoning for adultery: report

Feb 4 08:50 AM

Two Iranian sisters convicted of adultery face being stoned to death after the supreme court upheld the death sentences against them, the Etemad newspaper Monday quoted their lawyer as saying.

The two were found guilty of adultery -- a capital crime in Islamic Iran -- after the husband of one sister presented video evidence showing them in the company of other men while he was away.

"Branch 23 of the supreme court has confirmed the stoning sentence," said their lawyer, Jabbar Solati.

The penal court of Tehran province had already sentenced the sisters identified only as Zohreh, 27, and Azar (no age given) to stoning, the daily said.

Solati explained that the two sisters had initially been tried for "illegal relations" and received 99 lashes. However in a second trial they were convicted of "adultery."

The pair admitted they were in the video presented by the husband but argued that there was no adultery as none of the footage showed them engaged in a sexual act with other men.

"There is no legal evidence whereby the judge could have the knowledge for issuing a stoning sentence," Solati said, adding that he had appealed to the state prosecutor.

"The two sisters have been tried twice for one crime," Solati protested.

Capital offences in Iran include murder, rape, armed robbery, serious drug trafficking and adultery. Iran currently makes more use of the death penalty -- almost always by hanging -- than any other country apart from China.

Zohreh's husband -- who accused his wife and her sister in January 2007 of having extra-marital affairs -- had planted a camera in his house in a bid to catch them in the act.

Zohreh said she had an edgy relationship with her husband because of the strict limits he imposed on her life.

"I was a teacher and loved my job but my husband did not let me work... he was always suspicious of me and thought our differences were because I had an affair," she was quoted as saying by the daily.

Etemad reported that the husband of the other sister, Azar, had not filed any complaint against her.


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