Sunday, July 11, 2010

If it's Sharia, it can't be abuse

Reuters picks up a report from the official Iranian news agency indicating that the government there has decided to temporarily suspend the stoning of a woman convicted of adultery.  Reuters correspondent Parisa Hafezi reminds readers:
Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran's sharia law, enforced since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Hafezi's story ends with this mind-boggling non sequitur:
The Iranian authorities routinely dismiss charges of rights abuses, saying they are following Sharia.
Well yes, we suppose that if Sharia law calls for adultery to be punished by stoning, by that standard a stoning fulfilled wouldn't reflect an abuse of rights. Leave it to Reuters to straighten us out on that.

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