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Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Nation of Laws fit for the Likes of Cho Seung-Hui

No, this isn’t about the “abortion foes,” and the Supreme Court ruling on late term abortion, medicinally referred to as “intact dilation and evacuation.” I’m talking about Iranian Supreme Court decision yesterday to overturn the murder convictions of six members of the Basiji Force, a state militia that comes under the control of the Revolutionary Guards.

According to Iran’s Islamic penal code, “murder charges can be dropped if the accused can prove the killing was carried out because the victim was morally corrupt.” The accused or convicted six were involved in 2002 killing of five people in Kerman, Iran and based their decision to kill following their viewing a “tape by a senior cleric who ruled that Muslims could kill a morally corrupt person if the law failed to confront that person.” Further examples of moral corruption “permit bloodshed, including armed banditry, adultery by a wife and insults to the Prophet Muhammad.”

Following the identification of the five victims as “morally corrupt,” the convicted men took their victims outside the city, then “stoned them to death or drowned them in a pond by sitting on their chests.” The last of the five murdered “were a young couple engaged to be married who the killers claimed were walking together in public.”

The moral corruption of those that would walk together, regardless of their being engaged will likely see them in hell. Can you imagine the apostasy of the couple alone? Who did these deviants think they were? Rightly, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad support the Basiji Force and “considered their victims morally corrupt and, according to Islamic teachings and Iran’s Islamic penal code, their blood could therefore be shed.

The case finds many in Iran unhappy with the penal code and this decision, which leads many to lose confidence in their country’s judicial system.

What is wrong with these citizens, are they living in the 21st century or something along those lines? Before they speak or consider anything further they should heed the ruling of the court “The objection by the relatives of the victims is dismissed, and the ruling of this court is confirmed.”

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