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
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
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"
Muslim meltdown. It is, thus, illuminating to see what doesn't
make the Muslims go crazy.