Monday, September 6, 2010

Faux News on That "Stoning" Case in Iran

"The Vatican raised the possibility Sunday of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to save the life of an Iranian widow sentenced to be stoned for adultery," reads this misleading report — Vatican decries stoning as brutal punishment, hints at help in adultery case of Iranian woman.

To be fair, "Iranian authorities said they would not carry out the stoning sentence for the time being, but the mother of two could still face execution by hanging for adultery and other offenses." To be even more fair, the "other offenses" Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted of include murder.

I'm as against state-sanctioned murder as the next guy, including that by stoning and that of murderers, but let's not get played on this one. Why is the fact that she was convicted of murder being buried? In the West, we now recognize adultery as a human right, do we now recognize murder as such?

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