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May 30, 2009

Beheading and crucifixion in contemporary legal practice

In Canada, when a man molests and murders a child our intellectual superiors explain we are all to blame. The offender is then either i) sent off to be rehabilitated and granted tenure in a social science program or, once in a blue moon, ii) is locked up in general for just long enough for the prison population to address the moral quandary such that the rest of us might sleep untroubled by conscience.

Not so in "Saudi" Arabia. There the teachings of Islam and, say, half a trillion of unearned oil wealth, lead to a bracing clarity of consequence.

Saudi authorities beheaded and crucified a man convicted of brutally slaying an 11-year-old boy and his father, the Interior Ministry announced.
Crucifying the headless body in a public place is a way to set an example, according to the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam. Normally those convicted of rape, murder and drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia are just beheaded.

Let he who voted for Barack Obama cast the first stone.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 30, 2009 09:54 AM


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