March 11th, 2009 11:09 EST
Religious Police Sentence 75-Year-Old Woman To 40 Lashes
"A 75-year-old Saudi Arabian woman has been sentenced to receive 40 lashes for hosting two unrelated men in her house, local media reported.
The Saudi daily newspaper al-Watan said the woman, Sawadi Mohammed, has appealed her sentence after being charged with offenses against Islam by the religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, CNN reported Monday.
Sawadi says the two men in her house were a man she considers her son because she breast-fed him as a baby and a friend who was escorting him as he delivered bread to the elderly woman." UPI
The tender mercies of Allah!
The concept of "religious police" is odious, but if such an entity must exist their primary mission should be to promote virtue.
Two men visit a 75-year-old woman for the sole purpose of bringing her bread -- this is an act of compassion and generosity that should be applauded by everyone, especially the religious police. Instead of sentencing the poor woman to 40 lashes, the religious cops should have given the men a medal for their act of kindness.
It may seem hard for the Western mind to comprehend, but the religious police are convinced that they are protecting the old lady`s virtue by sentencing her to be lashed like a dog.
The draconian punishment is equivalent to a death sentence, I doubt that a woman her age can survive 40 lashes.
Our democracy has survived the scourge of unfettered Christianity for centuries, but no republic an survive the unvarnished evil of Islam. We must be vigilant, and never allow Islam to gain a foothold in this country.