It was like a scene out of the Bible. I am referring to a shocking and recent YouTube video showing the stoning of a woman and her lover for adultery in Afghanistan.
The woman, dressed in a blue burka, is buried to her waist and surrounded by a mob of men. They are shown heaving stones at her.
The lover, a young curly haired fellow, is hustled onto the scene by two other men. He suffers the same fate as the woman, except he is free standing when he is pummeled.
Perhaps the most sickening part of the whole episode is the view of a man looking into the camera with a gleeful smile on his face. He seems to be taking this all in as enjoyable sport.
The movie is an alternate ending to the story told in the Gospel of John (Chapter 8) of a similar gathering a couple of thousand years ago. The difference between the two events is that the woman in the biblical story was saved from her plight by the presence of Jesus Christ, and the male in the case never makes an appearance.
Jesus did not condone the woman’s adultery. In fact, he told her to “go now and leave your life of sin”. However, he did not condemn her to death as the religious leaders of his day were about to do.
How did Jesus save her from stoning? He told the men who wanted to toss rocks at her,”Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
The woman’s accusers may have been dumb, but they weren’t stupid. They softly walked away until there was no one left in the crowd.
I am both horrified and fascinated by this recent stoning in south Asia. I am appalled because the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and the manner of death is so cruel and unusual, something our own law in the United States forbids.
I am fascinated because in the 21st century there still exists unenlightened human beings who are so hypocritical. I would be curious to know how many women those tossing the stones had slept with in their histories.
In addition, I wonder where the husband of the accused woman was. How would you like to bet that he should have had his own hole to be stoned in because of the way he treated he his wife? My wager would be that the man was so indifferent, perhaps even brutal, toward his woman that he literally drove her to another place of comfort.
I have since read of comments coming from Afghanistan deflecting any criticism. The statement I read had to do with not wanting to accept any “foreign ideas” in their country.
I have a couple questions. When since is human decency a foreign idea anywhere? Also, where are the human and women’s rights groups on this subject? I haven’t seen or heard anything from them.
Perhaps they are so afraid of retribution that they aren’t commenting. Also, it could be some twisted perspective of political correctness that has them keeping their mouths shut.
I for one am disgusted.