Gainesville Rejects Koran Burning

September 9, 2010 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

 In a city where there’s really no longer a place for the kind of religious intolerance promoted by Jones’ shrinking congregation, which has fewer than 50 members and whose website recently decried Gainesville’s prevailing credo of “coexistence,” Jones is simply lashing out for attention in the only way delusional bigots know how.

He’s also endorsed the anti-gay crusade of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, whose members stage protests at the funerals of U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2016804,00.htm

Not that Islam is some great religion, either.  Christians should be better than that, though. As for Islam, religious law allows for death by stoning when a woman commits adultery.  European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani “barbaric beyond words.” 

After global protest (that did not involve koran-burning), the Islamic leaders have suspended the execution. 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39055718/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

Those sentenced to stoning, or “lapidation” as it is also called, are buried in a hole and covered with soil (men up to their waists; women to a line above their breasts), according to Article 102 of the Islamic Penal Code. A selected group then executes the alleged adulterers using rocks and sticks. Those able to escape the hole during stoning can be freed, according to Islamic law, a feat that is much more difficult for women than for men because so much more of their body is covered during lapidation.

They don’t want the torture to end to soon – so you can’t use big rocks.  They want to pummel the person for a little while.  Article 104  states, referring to the penalty for adultery, that the stones used should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones (pebbles).”

A lack of seperation of church & state can lead to all sorts of wild-ass outdated laws.  The use of stoning actually has roots in Judeo-Christian writings.  But as the western world moved away from theocracy, idiotic religous laws like this were abandoned. 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38146472/

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