Fact to Fiction: The brutal truth about the practice of stoning

Written by Brooke Sikula

“Like humans void of soul or mind, they jeered and yelled as they went about selecting their most jagged stones.” – David Hearne, excerpt from Hulagu's Web.

Stoning is a brutal and outdated practice that is kept alive only by Muslims under Sharia rule. Although it has been practiced since biblical times, every other culture has systematically ceasedrepparttar practice in favor of more humane forms of punishment. The torturous sentence leavesrepparttar 125892 victim in agony. David Hearne, in his book Hulagu's Web, shows us how painful it can be. “Terror ripped through her mind…then suddenlyrepparttar 125893 first stone smashed into her…” (Hulagu's Web, 64) The only solituderepparttar 125894 punished has is that they will soon die.

Stoning is typically a punishment for adultery, although it can also be use for cases of incest and other sexual or “moral” crimes. Typically, a stoning victim is first wrapped in cloth and buried up torepparttar 125895 waist for men, or up torepparttar 125896 chest for females. Thenrepparttar 125897 crowd is to throw stones atrepparttar 125898 victim. However, it is very important that, “… no stone should be thrown that should kill withrepparttar 125899 first or second blow, or so small as a pebble to do no injury torepparttar 125900 condemned.” (Hulagu's Web, 64) Stoning is a unique form of punishment in that there is no single executioner. The simplistic act of gatheringrepparttar 125901 victim’s peers around him creates killers out of everyone.

Today, stoning is only practiced in Islamic culture in order to maintainrepparttar 125902 submission of its women and those inrepparttar 125903 lower cast. Only those impoverished or socially unimportant are punished by stoning. This barbaric act parallels those ofrepparttar 125904 4th century Theodosius who punished those who did not share his religious views. He ordered all non-Christian temples be destroyed and that all heathens be executed unless they convert. His decree now lives on inrepparttar 125905 hands of religious Islamic tyrants that now employrepparttar 125906 brutal act of stoning. These acts of barbarism and violence far outweighrepparttar 125907 moral transgression of those condemned.

Stoning has been in practice since biblical times. Inrepparttar 125908 Old Testament, God is quoted as requiring stoning as a punishment for breaking one ofrepparttar 125909 Ten Commandments, particularly for committing adultery. However, inrepparttar 125910 New Testament, Jesus is believed to have replaced that type of punishment for a more humane punishment. He is quoted as having challenged, “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” This is why stoning has slowly been replaced with punishments that require less involvement of ones peers. As we realizerepparttar 125911 impact of such a brutal death, we realize that we have no right to take part in killing another when we too have sinned. This imparting of sin on all those who partake in it isrepparttar 125912 very reason most cultures have abandonedrepparttar 125913 practice.

We already see a disintegration ofrepparttar 125914 practice of stoning in Islamic culture. Only those under Sharia rule still practice it. In this culture, there is no distinction between religious and governmental law. Religion is governmental law. More information on Islam and Sharia law can be found at http://answering-islam.org.uk/. Amongrepparttar 125915 countries that still practice stoning are Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan andrepparttar 125916 United Arab Emirates. Other Islamic countries denouncerepparttar 125917 practice as inhumane and indicate thatrepparttar 125918 Qur’an provides no grounds for such a vicious practice. Those who practice stoning claim that it is demanded by Islam and have gone so far as incorporating it into their countries penal codes.

From these deep rooted laws regarding stoning, there have been a few recent cases of global interest where stoning has been received as a punishment. In December 2004 a woman in Iran was scheduled to be stoned to death after spending five years in prison for committing adultery. She was one of over 100 to be stoned to death in Iran last year alone. In Nigeria, a woman was sentenced to stoning after giving birth to a baby more than nine months after divorcing. To her good fortune, this sentence was overturned. More instances of recent convictions resulting in stoning can be found at http://www.religioustolerance.org/isl_adul1.htm. With international efforts to stop stoning,repparttar 125919 rulings are being overturned with more frequency, hopefully giving less credibility to Sharia law.

Thank Catholic schools for faith in every student

Written by Sheri Conover Sharlow

Thank Catholic schools for faith in every student

Their high achievement comes as they spend halfrepparttar money of Indiana’s public schools

by Sheri Conover Sharlow Libertarian Writers' Bureau http://www.writersbureau.org

While government schools scream about small cuts in their state funding, Catholic schools will celebraterepparttar 125891 great work they do with halfrepparttar 125892 per-student spending of their counterparts.

This is Catholic Schools Week, when schools nationwide will showcase what they do for millions of children.

Criticisms that Catholic schools skimrepparttar 125893 top talent aren’t true. Many take all comers.

The difference? They don’t let excuses explain away poor achievement. This year’s Catholic Education Week theme – Faith in Every Student – perfectly sums uprepparttar 125894 goals of these schools.

I point to my alma maters, McAuley High School and Assumption Elementary School in greater Cincinnati. Both draw heavily from blue-collar families. Both have long offered a high-quality education that rivals some ofrepparttar 125895 city’s best schools. Both rely on parents and alumni to fund new facilities.

Surprisingly, Catholic schools frequently are less annoying than public schools that nickel-and-dime people to death with sales of wrapping paper, candy and other things that no one wants. This comes after they tax us to death. (Why do they need more money? Half of our education dollars never make it torepparttar 125896 classroom, but get sucked up in education bureaucracy.)

St. Paul Elementary, where my daughter Meredith attends kindergarten, strictly limits fund-raising to very few events. Focus on those andrepparttar 125897 school will get enough.

If you can’t affordrepparttar 125898 tuition, even if you’re not Catholic, these schools usually find a way for your children attend. They offer scholarships. High schools frequently allow students to sweep floors or wash dishes to offset tuition and to get work done less expensively

At my high school, these low-skill student workers freed our maintenance workers to dorepparttar 125899 high-skill work of taking care ofrepparttar 125900 building.

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