Saudi Defends Injustice

by Ryan on November 20, 2007

in Anything Else,Religion,War on Terror

In case you missed this, a 19-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang-raped by seven men last year in Saudi Arabia.  After the trial and re-trial, the rapists got 2-9 years.  The victim got 200 lashes for being alone with an unrelated man before the incident!  That’s up from the customary 90 lashes because she went to the media with the story.  You talk, you get more lashes!   Crazy, 12th Century kind of stuff.  Punishing and blaming gang-rape victims just isn’t cool, especially in a culture that will treat her as used goods and a broken, undesirable woman for being raped in the first place. 

Pretty sick stuff, but today the Saudi’s defended their action!  Is it any wonder why al Qaeda finds Saudi Arabia to be a haven?  It’s a sick commentary on the treatment of women in some Muslim countries.  The Saudi courts don’t recognize precedent, since the believe that all the laws that ever needed to be given to us have been already revealed to Mohammad and his followers that developed sharia law centuries ago.  Many radical Muslims, especially in Saudi Arabia, believe that Islam is in such a funk because Muslims have turned away from sharia law.  It’s embarrassing episodes like this that give exposure to this backwards, dangerous and grotesque kind of world the Saudi Royal Family maintains in their oil-rich nation.  The State Department should not back down on their criticism.

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