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Emma B BS: Burning Korans (290* d) RE: BS: Burning Korans 11 Sep 10

Carolyn Jessop wrote 'Escape', a moving autobiographical account of her upbringing in a polygamist Christian sect and later flightin 2003 from that community her husband and subsequent fight to keep her children becoming -
"the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS

Her experiences, however disturbing, have little to do with Christianity but to the culture in which she lived which meant that if a wife left her husband she could not take her child/ren; such is the case in Iran

It is not so long ago, in (Christian) Victorian England, that children of a marriage were considered the 'property' of the husband - it was not until 1891 that a High Court ruling denied the husband the right to imprison his wife in pursuit of his conjugal rights

'Pastor' Terry Jones has probably never read the book he threatened to burn - indeed some may wonder if he has read the Bible's teachings


This type this of ancient death sentence by a community, in which no particular person out of the stone throwing group could be held responsible or identified as the one who actually killed the subject is analogous, in this way, to a firing squad is also documented in the Jewish Tradition via the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, and the Talmud, or Jewish Oral Law.

Stoning, a punishment with origins in the hadith, (supplements to and clarifications of the Qur'an by various subsequent adherents) has been categorized by Ayatollah Khomeini as a "secondary" principle. Many scholars question its label as 'hudud',
Moderate Iranian clerics are aware that Ayatollah Khomeini made this distinction between Islamic teachings that are immutable, and "secondary" principles that can be modified according to the Iranian society's changing needs.
Ayatollah Khomeini had specifically instructed Iran's judges to refrain from handing down stoning verdicts.

Although, the Head of the Judiciary of Iran, Ayatollah Shahroudi, mandated that stoning would no longer be practiced in Iran in 2002, the laws were never officially removed from the penal code.
As such, stoning sentences may continue to be handed down by lower judges

Many Muslim countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria do not condone stoning.

Malcolm Smart of Amnesty International reports that
"It's actually not very widely used across the Middle East and Islamic world... even in Iran,"

However, extrajudicial "honour killing" stoning continues even among non-Muslims in deeply traditional societies such as Pakistan, Iraq and India.
In Iraq, a 17-year-old girl from the Kurdish Yazidi minority was stoned by a mob in 2007, apparently after she eloped with a Sunni Muslim.

Səkinə Məhəmmədi-Aštiani, is an Iranian Azeri woman who has been convicted of murder and adultery and has been on 'death row' in Iran since 2006

A campaign by her two children succeeded in halting her imminent execution by HANGING in July 2010, but not in overturning her death sentence
Amnesty International is also fighting her cause on the grounds of an unfair trial


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