What Doesn't Offend the Muslims
THE CROWD GATHERS around as tears flow down her cheeks. Her last day
will be her worst. The assorted gang are allowed stones of a particular
size: Not bigger than, nor smaller than one-third of, a human digit.
Hence, the stones should be around one-half the size of an adult finger.
The logic is to inflict the maximal pain. The objective is to stone the
adulterous woman to death.
The woman is buried up to her neck as her kids watch the whole scene.
The Iranian state forces the close relatives of the woman to attend the
public execution. A truck pulls up with the correctly proportioned stones.
The verdict is read and then the official of the regime throws the first
The chanting and the barrage start. The stones smash into her delicate
face. Soon, the red liquid gushes out of her forehead. The intensity of
the direct hits gouges out her right eye. Her nose gets completely broken.
Her teeth are torn apart. She inhales a mixture of noxious air and blood.
Her face is forever lost.
She streams in and out of consciousness. Shards of bone are sent in all
directions as the stones brutally chisel the region where once her face
was. The last thing she hears as the crowd extinguishes her frail soul is,
Such is the fate of women who are found guilty of adultery in Iran. In
the modern world, no other state-sanctioned punishment exceeds this
heinous display of public savagery.
A FIRE BROKE out in a girl's dormitory in Makkah during March of 2002.
The girls, of course, ran out of the burning building. However, the
Mutaween -- the Religious Police -- wouldn't let the girls exit the
building since they weren't properly covered from head to toe. At least
one parent was outside the dorm looking for her daughter. He saw her come
out of the blazing dorm but was powerless in front of the Mutaween. He
distressingly told her to go back and get her abaya.
She never came back from the inferno.
THREE CHRISTIAN GIRLS were beheaded
in October of 2005 as they were walking to their school in Indonesia.
... their heads were found 2 hours later some distance away,
including one head found about 100 meters from a church.
Through some cosmic coincidence, the perpetrators of such barbarity --
the stonings in Iran, the deaths by fire in Saudi Arabia and the
beheadings in Indonesia -- were Muslims. In all three cases, the acts were
carried out in the name of Islam.
Today, a few benign caricatures of Muhammed in a once-obscure Danish
newspaper are "causing" a
Muslim meltdown. It is, thus, illuminating to see what doesn't make
the Muslims go crazy.