The Iranians must think the entire world is blind, deaf and dumb.
News hit recently that Iranian evangelical Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was to be executed for apostasy. It’s actually quite common to execute apostates – those who have rejected Islam as defined under Sharia – particularly in Iran. Homosexuality is immediate grounds for execution as well, and if a good Muslim in a Sharia nation tortures a homosexual, there is no punishment for the crime. Islam, especially in Arab nations, commits unbelievable atrocities with outstanding regularity and it still floors me that the Western World is snoozing while it continues.
Every once in a while, an atrocious case will hit international airwaves and the nation involved will back off. The King of Saudi Arabia famously pardoned a woman who had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes (later, upon appeal, her sentence was cranked up to 200 lashes and six months in prison) for the crime of “meeting with an unrelated male” just before seven men kidnapped and gang-raped her after the whole world found out about it and screamed bloody murder. Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously claimed that Iran does not have homosexuals during a Q&A at Columbia University (the same university where liberal students loudly protested any and all conservative speakers, yet a militant Muslim dictator was allowed to lie like a cheap rug and get away with it). Now that Pastor Nadarkhani’s story has hit the headlines, Iran is making all kinds of excuses.
After American media contacts obtained copies of an Iranian Supreme Court ruling that found Pastor Nadarhkani guilty of both apostasy and proselytizing, Iranian government shills have come out with the unbelievable lie that he is actually facing execution for rape and extortion; another phrase the lying sack of beetle dung used was “security-related crimes.”
I call bullshit.
We’re talking about Iran, the most gung-ho, all-out Sharia-run nation on the planet. Even Saudi Arabia, run by Wahhabi Muslims, isn’t as brutal as Iran. Yet not one single Sharia-led nation in the Middle East has ever executed a man for raping a woman. By modern Sharia law, regardless of how scholars interpret the Qur’an and the Hadith, men are the victims; they were tempted by the woman (part of the argument often goes that the woman shouldn’t have been out without a male relative escort, which is also a crime), and that makes the woman the perpetrator. Women are commonly flogged after being raped. Men? They might get a few months in prison, flogging in severe cases, but never execution, even if a prosecutor demands it. The only time a man is guaranteed a flogging for a sexual crime is for Zina (the Arabic term for adulterous sex).
And Iran expects us to believe that a high court ruling that found this man guilty of crimes against Islam is really being executed for a crime that wouldn’t normally be a crime? Really? Did the Iranian justice system suddenly experience a change of heart? Are we to believe that Iranian judges are really going to shed a tear for a man who committed rape and they felt sorry for a female rape victim?
One thing this about-face tells me is that Iran has no intention of allowing him to be pardoned – not even if he recants Christianity and converts back to Islam. They are trying to make an example out of him. Not only has he been sentenced to death, but his lawyer has been sentenced to ten years in prison and permanently banned from practicing law just for defending him.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” – Hebrews 13:3