Morality Laws

In Iran, there are religious courts. Their decisions are enforced, brutally and sometimes publically, by the police. There have been many reports of the harsh punishment dealt out to those who break Islamic law. I saw another such report the other day.

“His face covered by a balaclava, an official brandishing a cane repeatedly lashes the back of a man found guilty of breaking Iran’s morality laws.

“Two police officers hold the legs of 25-year-old Saeed Ghanbari and another his arms to ensure there is no escape from the punishment of 80 lashes handed down by a religious court.

“Traffic was brought to a halt in Qazvin, 90 miles west of the capital Tehran, as more than 1,000 men gathered behind barricades to watch the public flogging…”

Pictures are inserted showing a hefty, masked official obviously putting all his weight and strength behind the blows as he lashes the man.

“…Both men then lashed Ghanbari, taking the cane back behind their heads to guarantee maximum impact, each stroke leaving a distinctive red mark and bruising on his back.

“Several wounds began to bleed.

“It was unclear exactly what his offense had been as the country’s strict morality laws cover many areas, but it was reported he had been convicted of abusing alcohol and having sex outside of marriage.”
Fundamentalist Christians have no problem with the idea of criminalizing immoral conduct. After all, they say, God made the rules, and those are the rules men should be obeying. Man’s rights have little bearing where God’s wishes are concerned. Today’s Christians might not be willing to go so far as public flogging, but give tomorrow’s Christians the chance to be truly in power and I fail to see how they would be any different from the Muslims.

As brief evidence, there were some comments from readers in England and Wales following the above report, to the effect that this is the kind of punishment needed in the West. The lawbreakers know the law so they deserve the punishment, “unlike this country (Wales) where the victims pay the price and the guilty walk free.”


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