A woman is raped by six armed men. The men receive sentences ranging from 2 to 9 years in prison. The woman is sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail. The woman’s attorney is now prohibited from practicing law, and is facing further punishment.

Why? Because under Sharia law, women can incite men to commit rape if they commit various acts, including being in the company of a man she is not related to, not covering her body from head to toe, or even driving her own automobile. Of course, it doesn’t help that her and her attorney were openly critical of the court and of sharia. A crime which is punishable by death, as a criticism of sharia is a criticism of the Muslim faith, and even of Muhammad himself.

In the comments, one person had this to say:

Doesn’t logic tell you that worshiping a God that is so brutal and unforgiving may be the wrong thing to do?
Long live Jesus Christ – a forgiving God.

Let me point out a few things about Christianity, lest you think that they are any better:

Consider Exodus 35:2

For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.

Then look at Deut 21:18-21. It says:

If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the gate of that place. They shall say to the elders of his town, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. So you shall purge the evil from your midst; and all Israel will hear, and be afraid.

Then there is Leviticus 20:13:

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them. All homosexuals need to be killed.

What about this:

If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.

You must understand that both of these religions were written by primitive men, using primitive standards. Enforcing the Bible in a strict manner will yield similar results as strictly enforcing sharia. It wasn’t all that long ago that Christians were conducting the inquisition, or even the crusades. The Catholic church was busy selling indulgences, and the rich were buying tickets to heaven, all sanctioned by his Holiness the Pope.

It is time that we all decide that all humans are born in possession of the same rights and freedoms, and that it is the job of government to protect those rights, ensuring that no person’s right overshadows another’s.

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Adoro · May 8, 2010 at 5:31 am

You have a massive logical fallacy here.

You're taking a modern-day Sharia law issue and comparing it to ancient Christian law, which was actually more nuanced and, through the Incarnation of Christ has been clarified and fulfilled in an entirely different way.

You're taking ancient Hebrew law and using it to crucify current-day Christians as a justification of your position, which actually has nothing to do with abuse of religion.

In fact, if you'd put your anti-religion prejudices aside, you might even find that people who truly practice Christianity are your biggest allies.

As a Catholic, a very knowledgeable Catholic I can tell you that the medieval practices of selling indulgences (specifically with regard to "buying salvation) was ALWAYS a practice prohibited by our Faith and Luther was right to protest it. What History books omit to say is that other Catholics protested it as well.

Further, the Catholic Church is ALL about human dignity, helping each and every person to become fully human, to recognize who they are in relation to God and that out of love for God, to serve others as Christ served us: by laying down our lives. Not for ourselves, but as an overflow of divine charity.

I find it fascinating that you are accusing Christianity here, and comparing it to the terrorism of Sharia law, but you are only quoting from the Old Testament.

Christianity is the fulfillment of the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, and if you actually realize what Christ did for humanity, you will understand why Christianity doesn't have Sharia law; Christ rendered it obsolete even before Muslims made it so.

Please, in the interest of your own dignity, please get some intellectual honesty or avoid posts on religion altogether.

If you have serious questions and desire serious answers, feel free to email me. I am not here to "convert" you. That's not my job. But I will defend my faith when it is misrepresented and I am not afraid to respond to people like yourself who clearly have no idea what they're talking about.

If you ask me a question and I don't know the answer, I'll tell you I don't know, and refer you to more knowledgeable sources.

Sorry to be so blunt, but as you are, I find it comfortable to be just as confrontational.

Divemedic · May 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

So God, a perfect being, was wrong in the Old Testament, and you feel free to ignore the icky parts?

What about the part where the Pope has not denounced the ass raping of alter boys by his priests?

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