Arifa Bibi Stoned To Death in Pakistan for Possessing a Cell Phone

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A young mother of two has been put to death in Pakistan for possessing a cell phone.

Arifa Bibi was sentenced to death by stoning by a Pakistani tribal court, and was executed on July 11 at the hands of her family. Her uncle, cousins and other family members threw stones at the woman until she died, all because she had a mobile phone. She was buried in the desert far away from her home village, andaccording to reports, her family was not permitted to be involved in her funeral.

Stoning has been a common sentence in countries like Pakistan for a long time and is used against women and other vulnerable groups. Since the stoning of Arifa Bibi this summer, women’s rights groups have launched an even stronger campaign to put a ban on stoning.

Naureen Shameem, representative for women’s rights group Women Living Under Muslim Laws, says that stoning is used against women in particular as a way to control them.

Written By: Dominic Kelly
continue to source article at opposingviews.com

69 COMMENTS

  1. A ban is not good enough. Everyone who is party to this practice or even thinks it is acceptable should be imprisoned for life and totally isolated from the rest of society until the day they die.

  2. The cell phone is only a secondary consideration. The insanity of Islam was the primary cause. Some other young woman will be stoned to death tomorrow, next week, next month for some other insane “reason”.

  3. Inhuman. And people wonder why the “new atheists” are so critical of islam? After all, it’s obviously pure bigotry to criticise a quaint “cultural” practice like stoning. Or perhaps it’s “politics?” Maybe women in Pakistan wouldn’t be stoned to death if western countries hadn’t invaded Iraq and Afghanistan?

    • In reply to #4 by MarcusA1971:

      Inhuman. And people wonder why the “new atheists” are so critical of islam? After all, it’s obviously pure bigotry to criticise a quaint “cultural” practice like stoning. Or perhaps it’s “politics?” Maybe women in Pakistan wouldn’t be stoned to death if western countries hadn’t invaded Iraq and Afgh…

      Not sure I follow your reasoning, what does invading Iraq have to do with driving people to stone their own women???

      • In reply to #14 by juwakali:

        In reply to #4 by MarcusA1971:

        Inhuman. And people wonder why the “new atheists” are so critical of islam? After all, it’s obviously pure bigotry to criticise a quaint “cultural” practice like stoning. Or perhaps it’s “politics?” Maybe women in Pakistan wouldn’t be stoned to death if western countr…

        My comment was meant to be ironic. Whenever bad things are done in the name of islam, hordes of apologists will come out saying “No, that’s not islam! Islam is a religion of peace! It must be politics that inspired those people to shoot up that shopping centre / run down and butcher that returned soldier / blow up that night club / fly those planes into those office buildings etc.

  4. Where does in it say in the Qur’an “Thou shalt not own a cellphone”?

    This is just somebody making up rules and bamboozling others into thinking God did.

    Almost every day Pakistan does something that makes me wish the entire nation would sink beneath the waves. What a backward place!

    Horrible things happen in other countries, but in Pakistan, it is usually the legal system that does them.

    • In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      the quran says nothing of the kind. it is against adultry and all that but only because given too much liberty human nature can go the wrong way and take things for granted. see, relegion is “man-made”, faith is “divine”, and islam is what people, all of us, have made it into. everyone has their own interpretations of it for some reason. not everyone gets it cause its mainly written in a poetry structure with some very hard to understand double meanings so almost everyone takes it literally. its silly i know. a person of lesser intellect does precisely that, and thats the kind of “believers” who are screwing things everywhere. and its not that backward here as you might think. i admit its a crappy system here and its getting worse but not everyone here lives in a kind of hell hole your imagining.

      • In reply to #10 by mmurray:

        In reply to #6 by Neodarwinian:What did they take this picture with?!?As usual, ineffable barbarism!!This is the internet. The picture is not the stoning in question. As far as I can tell from a google image search it is part of a movie: The Stoning of Soraya M.Michael

        I thought it was a fake picture; her lustrous hair gives the game away. And I still find it difficult to believe the event took place. I have a feeling something tricky will emerge from this.

        S G

        • In reply to #19 by Stafford Gordon:

          I don’t know about Afghanistan but if it was Iran the penal code also requires that women be buried up to the neck because otherwise the stones may tear the clothing and expose her breasts and I guess cause the men to have sinful thoughts or something. To add to the sickening absurdity and horror if you are a self-confessed adulterer and you can dig yourself out you may be allowed to go. Easier of course for the men who are only buried to the waist.

          Still the new Iranian President seems like a nice guy.

          Michael

  5. If we could find out the schedule of stonings, place and time and emailed them to Obama, perhaps he could arrange an accidental drone attack on the bastards. I am pretty sure I saw a wanted terrorist in that photo of Arifa Bibi’s stoning. In the link is another stoning story, where a girl who reported a rape was stoned to death for adultery. (This is very common).

  6. I feel sick, angry, and I’m almost in tears.

    Aren’t these groups complaining missing something?

    “Stoning to death is a barbaric act from a primitive society,” as if saying that the death penalty is fine for owning a mobile phone, just do it some other way.

    “Pakistani society has degenerated to the point that, for a woman, keeping a cell phone has become serious crime. It is treated as a worse crime than gang rape, murder and bomb blasts, through which many people are killed on a daily basis.”

    It seems to me that it’s the lawmakers and the authorities who have degenerated to the point where they can’t enforce law and order.

    Islam, the religion of peace.

  7. This is unbelievable in this day and age and needs to be stopped. It’s nothing short of barbarism and what makes it worse is that members of her own family participated in the stoning.

  8. Stoning of women will never stop until islam is wiped off the face of the earth. Primitive self hating nasty vermin like the imam in the picture living in remote parts of a lawless country such as Pakistan will always be able to incite the unenlightened halfwits into collective acts of barbarism. Islam is the shit stain in the underpants of the world and until the pants are steam cleaned, disinfected, boiled, sterilised and decontaminated with all traces of islamic filth washed down the foul waste drain this barbarism will continue.

  9. What monsters.Talk about family values.These male relatives are people that Arifa Bibi ran to for protection when growing up.I can almost imagine a toddler, babbling in cute baby language to these thugs.To imagine that her very own family could turn on her and brutally murder her in this excruciating and drawn out manner turns my stomach.People capable of such atrocities do not deserve to live.And what will become of her children? Will they know of the unspeakable thing that has been done to their own precious mother?

  10. How does a woman owning a cellphone merit death by any means, let alone death by so barbaric a means as stoning? Could the cellphone not have been confiscated and the woman fined, if it had to be treated as a crime at all? I am honestly baffled by this; there is no sense of justice in it. I cannot believe that women in every part of Parkistan are forbidden to own cellphones, but that this unfortunate woman lived in an area where the cultural norms (evidently in the absence of the rule of law) were being contested and an extremely conservative form of mysogynous and violent religion won control at least for a time. It would have been helpful if the article included more background information. But if this is the way Pakistan is going, it is a shame that it was ever partitioned from India.

  11. Has anyone been able to verify that this story is authentic? When you google the name Arifa Bibi, there aren’t that many results; in fact the second one that comes up is a link to this website. She doesn’t have a page on Wikipedia as one might expect three months after her execution and isn’t included in the list of those stoned to death in the Wiki page on the practice of lapidation.

    The Asian Human Rights Commission press release reads more like an an op-ed and includes few facts about the murder.

    The Women Living Under Muslim Laws piece is identical to many of the others. It begins:

    Two months ago, a young mother-of-two was stoned to death by her relatives on the order of a tribal court in Pakistan. Her crime: possession of a mobile phone.

    Arifa Bibi’s uncle, cousins and others hurled stones and bricks at her until she died, according to media reports. She was buried in a desert far from her village. It’s unlikely anyone was arrested…

    As does the Independent special report:

    Two months ago, a young mother of two was stoned to death by her relatives on the order of a tribal court in Pakistan. Her crime: possession of a mobile phone.

    Arifa Bibi’s uncle, cousins and others hurled stones and bricks at her until she died, according to media reports. She was buried in a desert far from her village.

    The woman in the Indie photo isn’t Arifa Bibi by the way; she’s an Iranian called Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death by stoning in that country. I’m not entirely sure why her picture was used without bothering to mention who she is.

    The Opposing View article’s statement that

    Groups are currently petitioning the United Nations to enact a worldwide ban on stoning. It is not known what progress has been made on that front

    just links to the Asian Human Rights Association’s press release.

    This all seems to be a little incestuous. There’s a a dearth of information concerning what may have happened on July 11 2013 in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province.

    She was buried in a desert far from her village. It’s unlikely anyone was arrested.

    Don’t we know? It seems like an easy enough thing to find out.

    I am this close to calling Shenanigans on this story. I’ll hedge my bets and call half-Shenanigans.

    • In reply to #24 by Katy Cordeth:

      Has anyone been able to verify that this story is authentic? When you google the name Arifa Bibi, there aren’t that many results; in fact the second one that comes up is a link to this website. She doesn’t have a page on Wikipedia as one might expect three months after her execution and isn’t includ…

      I don’t see any reason to presume that the story is not authentic. If you read the articles being posted through various Asian news outlets the source of the report is the Pakistani police who have strong evidence to think that this happened but are powerless to stand up again the Panchayat, the regional tribal judiciary who ordered the stoning.
      If you think this was an invention; who exactly do you think did the inventing and why? The story definitely did not originate in the West and sometimes things that are reported in remote regions turn out to be true.
      According to the Asian Human Rights commision this is less about punishing an individual but a terror tactic to keep women in their place and scare them into not asserting their rights.

      • In reply to #39 by mr_DNA:

        In reply to #24 by Katy Cordeth:

        I don’t see any reason to presume that the story is not authentic. If you read the articles being posted through various Asian news outlets the source of the report is the Pakistani police who have strong evidence to think that this happened but are powerless to stand up again the Panchayat, the regional tribal judiciary who ordered the stoning.

        Well spotted. Here is an old article from Pakistan Today on 10th July.

        Any idea how to make google search for the oldest occurrence of something ?

        • In reply to #41 by mmurray:

          In reply to #39 by mr_DNA:

          In reply to #24 by Katy Cordeth:

          I don’t see any reason to presume that the story is not authentic. If you read the articles being posted through various Asian news outlets the source of the report is the Pakistani police who have strong evidence to think that this happe…

          You can use Advanced Search Mike. Its just to the top and right of the input box.

    • In reply to #25 by Krasny:

      I’m pretty sure cell phones aren’t mentioned in the Koran.

      You’re correct in that regard, but that doesn’t prevent people phantasising about what’s contained in the Qur’an.

      Perhaps kneeling down with your forehead on the ground and backside up in the air five times a day causes rushes of blood to the head which produce such imaginings.

  12. im from pakistan and i have’nt heard anything of the sort. stuff like that is always headline news. this is just making things up against islam or might be some other muslim country. those people in the picture dont look like pakistanis either. im not defending any religion but get your facts straight before bastardizing any religion or country.

    • In reply to #26 by Lumos89:

      im from pakistan and i have’nt heard anything of the sort. stuff like that is always headline news. this is just making things up against islam or might be some other muslim country. those people in the picture dont look like pakistanis either. im not defending any religion but get your facts straig…

      So Pew polls are wrong? in you view, the fact that 84% of Muslims in Pakistan support death penalty by stoning is incorrect. Do you have evidence to back that up, other your anecdotal experience?

      • In reply to #32 by soulreaver:

        In reply to #26 by Lumos89:

        im from pakistan and i have’nt heard anything of the sort. stuff like that is always headline news. this is just making things up against islam or might be some other muslim country. those people in the picture dont look like pakistanis either. im not defending any relig…

        yeah come over some time.i live here. im not a believer and i havent yet been stoned to death or sentenced to death or been condemned in any way.i admit you cant be open about your beliefs here to everyone. an atheist or any kind of believer is accepted by people who actually know and understand what their faith is all about. not every believer is a hardcore fundamentalist. what your talking about are the majority of uneducated people who cannot “read” and “think” and “understand”. its what they have been “taught”. that is, in pakistan. i dont usually participate in religion vs. atheism discussions, all im saying is we should not judge the whole population of a country by one stupid person.

        • In reply to #36 by Lumos89:

          In reply to #32 by soulreaver:

          In reply to #26 by Lumos89:

          im from pakistan and i have’nt heard anything of the sort. stuff like that is always headline news. this is just making things up against islam or might be some other muslim country. those people in the picture dont look like pakistanis ei…

          Straw-man much? I am not saying “all Pakistanis” condone stoning. The only evidence I have seen so far, is of pew polls. If they are wrong, 84 % figure is wrong, then please do give us some evidence.

          what your talking about are the majority of uneducated people who cannot “read” and “think” and “understand”.

          Since you seem to appreciate literacy and the necessity of scientific education, could you please read the pew survey and explain why in Islamic countries with higher literacy levels than Pakistan, large number of people still condone stoning – Muslims in Russia, Bosnia, Malaysia.

          If it is all about education, and ability to read and write, surely 60% of Malaysian muslims (a relatively wealthy country with high levels of literacy), should not support stoning? Or is there a fundamental problem with Islam?

          • In reply to #38 by soulreaver:

            In reply to #36 by Lumos89:

            In reply to #32 by soulreaver:
            you tell me. why am i being dragged into this debate? all i said was this news is not true or everyone in my country would have heard of it. we dont and everyone in the world knows? supporting stoning and all that nonsense is another matter of discussion.
            oh and about that being carved out of india part, if you have read pakistan studies you would know that Jinnah was forced to separate the nation because the hindus had some serious issues with muslims. still do. otherwise jinnnah never wanted a separate state.

          • In reply to #42 by Lumos89:

            supporting stoning and all that nonsense is another matter of discussion.

            au contraire! The whole issue is about sentient beings stoned to death! I wouldn’t support stoning a cobra to death let alone another mammal with evolved neural system.

            its people killing poeple in the name of “god’. there is no god then why do we keep blaming him? or the book.

            Because people take their books seriously. Because people think that their god(s)/goddess(es) are real! Wake and smell the manure please. We are not blaming your god(s)/goddess(es). We are blaming you. We do not believe that your god(s)/goddess(es) actually exist. Now do you understand?

            And as a request, could you please stop addressing this entity as “him”. it is both misogynistic and being insensitive to polytheists. It is only a request. Please feel free to ignore it, if your religion says so. I know what your answer is going to be.

          • In reply to #46 by soulreaver:

            In reply to #42 by Lumos89:

            supporting stoning and all that nonsense is another matter of discussion.

            au contraire! The whole issue is about sentient beings stoned to death! I wouldn’t support stoning a cobra to death let alone another mammal with evolved neural system.

            its people killing poeple…

            how many times do i have to say i am not a believer? :s that is i am not a muslim. so kindly stop calling it ‘my religion”. you being an atheist are now calling another atheist..what? thats the manner of a relgious person, sir, not a humanity loving atheist.

          • In reply to #51 by Lumos89:

            how many times do i have to say i am not a believer? :s that is i am not a muslim.

            I apologize. So you do agree that there are no god(s)/goddess(es) and religious texts are man made with little to no contribution to our moral well being. Then we have nothing to disagree about.

          • In reply to #52 by soulreaver:

            In reply to #51 by Lumos89:

            how many times do i have to say i am not a believer? :s that is i am not a muslim.

            I apologize. So you do agree that there are no god(s)/goddess(es) and religious texts are man made with little to no contribution to our moral well being. Then we have nothing to disagree…

            thats what i’ve been saying all this time. it is all man-made. there’s a lot of crap thats giving a bad name to my country and i had to clear the misunderstanding that everyone supports barbarism. before the constitution of 1973 pakistan wasn’t an “islamic republic”.

          • In reply to #54 by Lumos89:

            “religion” is man-made, faith is ‘divine”.

            Could you please explain what do you mean by divine? Because it contradicts with what you are saying?

            it is all man-made

            the Quran is mainly written in a poetry structure with some very hard to understand double meanings so almost everyone takes it literally.

            If it is man made, why do we care what Quran says, be it its true poetic interpretation or literal interpretation?

          • In reply to #55 by soulreaver:

            In reply to #54 by Lumos89:

            “religion” is man-made, faith is ‘divine”.

            Could you please explain what do you mean by divine? Because it contradicts with what you are saying?

            it is all man-made

            the Quran is mainly written in a poetry structure with some very hard to understand double meanings so a…

            divine as in spirituality. plus i am a poet and when i get to writing, that power urge, it feels divine. thats divinty and spirituality for me. faith is believing in something, no? for me its what connects me to the universe and the nature. have you heard or read about sufism? being an atheist doesn’t mean i have a blind hatred for every religion. on the contrary, religions and cultures fascinate me.

          • In reply to #57 by Lumos89:

            faith is believing in something, no?

            No. Faith is believing without or in spite of evidence. How that ever got to be considered a good thing is something I’ve never understood. I think it’s at least partly due to things like the hierarchical and patriarchal structures of our societies up to the present. It is very useful for people in power to promote belief without reason because they often don’t have good reasons for what they do but they want people to go along with it anyway.

            I share your sense of awe and wonder at the universe but my reaction isn’t to want to revel in all that I don’t know or pretend I understand everything just because some book or story says so, it’s to want to understand more of it.

            being an atheist doesn’t mean i have a blind hatred for every religion. on the contrary, religions and cultures fascinate me.

            That I completely agree with and I wish more people here felt that way.

    • In reply to #28 by Stafford Gordon:

      Katy Cordeth # 24.

      Oh, full shenanigans I would have thought.

      Yeah? I’m glad to see a consensus is building that this story is a pile of squirrel poop and I wasn’t just being my usual slightly paranoid self.

      However, if that is indeed the case what’s the motivation behind it?

      I dunno. To foment intolerance maybe?

      • In reply to #29 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #28 by Stafford Gordon:

        Katy Cordeth # 24.

        Oh, full shenanigans I would have thought.

        Yeah? I’m glad to see a consensus is building that this story is a pile of squirrel poop and I wasn’t just being my usual slightly paranoid self.

        However, if that is indeed the case what’s the motiv…

        Some of the highest support for stoning is found in South Asia and the Middle East-North Africa region. In Pakistan (89%) and Afghanistan (85%), more than eight-in-ten Muslims who want Islamic law as their country’s official law say adulterers should be stoned, while nearly as many say the same in the Palestinian territories (84%) and Egypt (81%). A majority also support stoning as a penalty for the unfaithful in Jordan (67%), Iraq (58%). However, support is significantly lower in Lebanon (46%) and Tunisia (44%), where less than half of those who support sharia as the official law of the land believe that adulterers should be stoned.

        [Pew Poll] (http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/)

  13. oh com’on. this is so not true. ive seen this pictures months go in a similiar article. i’ve heard nothing of the kind. people making things up as usual. i suggest we all read the Quran and the other scriptures before we say anything that shows things in the wrong way. we’ve all had enough of that. The Quran is against adultry and all that becuase given to much liberty human nature can go the wrong way cause human nature is dual. see, “religion” is man-made, faith is ‘divine”. the Quran is mainly written in a poetry structure with some very hard to understand double meanings so almost everyone takes it literally. its silly i know. a person of lesser intellect does precisely that and thats the kind of “believers” who are screwing things all over the world. its a crappy system here in pakistan and getting worse but its not quite the hell hole everyone imagines it to be. the government doesnt rule as “leaders”, the religious dont think like “humans”, they all act by their instinct and interest of being “men”, as in mankind. and that can be said for anyone. islam or any other religion, is what we all have made it into. everyone has their own interpretations of it because nobody in any situation in life, looks deeper than the surface, to my way of thinking, and we go playing the blame game.

    • In reply to #33 by Lumos89:

      oh com’on. this is so not true. ive seen this pictures months go in a similiar article. i’ve heard nothing of the kind. people making things up as usual. i suggest we all read the Quran and the other scriptures before we say anything that shows things in the wrong way. we’ve all had enough of that….

      Lumos89, you do realize that is exactly the same claim that every religion makes? That we are interpreting it wrong. So let me get this right, of all the following proposition, which do you think is correct,

      a. Your god(s)/godess(es) is/are stupid to not realize that us mere mortals would interpret it wrong and hence did not clarify what it is supposed to mean, when it “poetically” states “stone people for adultery”

      b. Your god(s)/godess(es) is/are cruel to know that us mere mortals would interpret it wrong and decided not to clarify what it is supposed to mean, when it “poetically” states “stone people for adultery”

      c. These “sacred” texts are written by bronze age peasants and dessert dwellers who were just ignorant.

      So to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, all religions are man-made, as in fabricated by the male of the species. While we are discussing what Hitchens said, “Pakistan isn’t even a country. It is barely even a state. It is a construct, of muslim partitionism carved out of the body of India”

      Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDNd-HtLuIQ

      • In reply to #34 by soulreaver:

        In reply to #33 by Lumos89:

        oh com’on. this is so not true. ive seen this pictures months go in a similiar article. i’ve heard nothing of the kind. people making things up as usual. i suggest we all read the Quran and the other scriptures before we say anything that shows things in the wrong way….
        i said im not a believer. i feel just as sick over something like this. a few days ago there was a twin blast in the city of peshawar here. then another twin blast in balochistan before. that was the shia genocide. its all very nice to say that the book encourages stoning and killing people. its people killing poeple in the name of “god’. there is no god then why do we keep blaming him? or the book.

    • In reply to #33 by Lumos89:

      oh com’on. this is so not true. ive seen this pictures months go in a similiar article.

      The picture is probably from the film The Stoning of Soraya M. It appears all over the internet associated with the film. So it’s use here doesn’t make the story false.

      Michael

  14. In reply to #35 by mmurray:

    In reply to #33 by Lumos89:

    oh com’on. this is so not true. ive seen this pictures months go in a similiar article.

    The picture is probably from the film The Stoning of Soraya M. It appears all over the internet associated with the film. So it’s use here doesn’t make the story false.

    Michael

    if this happened, it would have been headline news here.

  15. And Pakis have the effrontery to believe that such nauseating evil is justified by Islamic dogma.
    Strangely such evil doesn’t attract the attention of news organisations!
    If such barbarism was performed in Europe or America it would be front page stuff!

  16. In reply to #47 by Katy Cordeth:

    In reply to #43 by Blasphemyman:

    And Pakis have the effrontery to believe that such nauseating evil is justified by Islamic dogma.
    Strangely such evil doesn’t attract the attention of news organisations!
    If such barbarism was performed in Europe or America it would be front page stuff!

    Could somebody please bring a stool? Katy over here wants to climb up the moral high horse!

    • In reply to #48 by soulreaver:

      In reply to #47 by Katy Cordeth:

      In reply to #43 by Blasphemyman:

      And Pakis have the effrontery to believe that such nauseating evil is justified by Islamic dogma. Strangely such evil doesn’t attract the attention of news organisations! If such barbarism was performed in Europe or America it would be front page stuff!

      Could somebody please bring a stool? Katy over here wants to climb up the moral high horse!

      Hey man, this is a thread about Islam on Richarddawkins.net. I don’t need a stool to climb on any high horse on this racist-ass website.

      A gas mask and rappelling equipment are all that’s necessary in my experience.

      And a strong constitution of course.

      Going downnnn….

  17. Woman stoned to death on panchayat orders — The Nation.

    Pak woman stoned to death for keeping cellphone 11 Jul ’13 — LiveLeak.

    [PAKISTAN: A young woman stoned to death for having a cell phone after ruling by a Panchayat] (http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-128-2013) — Asian Human Rights Commision.

    Young woman stoned to death on Panchayat ruling for possessing a cell phone in Dera Ghazi Khan — Pakistani Women’s Human Rights Organization

  18. In reply to #47 by Katy Cordeth:

    In reply to #43 by Blasphemyman:

    And Pakis have the effrontery to believe that such nauseating evil is justified by Islamic dogma.
    Strangely such evil doesn’t attract the attention of news organisations!
    If such barbarism was performed in Europe or America it would be front page stuff!

    Damn Pakis….

    what did they to do you?

  19. This article left me numb to my core and wondering if those archaic ‘Neanderthal’ Pakistanis will ever grow a conscience… they don’t need an excuse to punish and kill women constantly – that’s what this is saying…..again and again….Obviously their sexist laws support this kind of vigilante murder or it would have stopped along time ago…..

  20. In just 250 years the United States has figured out that all men (and women) are created equal. It has come to understand the need for human rights and freedoms. The Middle East has had over SIX THOUSAND YEARS to get it right, and thanks to the insanity of religion, it has been an EPIC fail that keeps these people drowning in a cesspool of ignorance and savagery. If we can’t stop it, at least let us prevent this religion from spreading into our civilized nations. We need to declare that Islam is not a religion, but an organization built on a foundation of insane beliefs, murder, and oppression.

  21. Things are clearly getting out of hand, the Islamic ‘leaders’ should rationalise a little bit. Publishing a short list of really good reasons to stone somebody to death would be a great improvement on this mayhem a bit like an Islamic ten commandments. In fact they are free to plagiarise the original since the author is unlikely to sue for breach of copyright and this system seemed to work for the jews and xtians. Not sure what would go in the list, making graven images or adultery would be popular choices and they could eliminate all the silly reasons dreamt up by local courts like owning a cell phone, eating pringles or possessing a toilet roll with intent.

    It really is too much when these incidents are reported and make people from Islamic countries like Pakistan look barbaric and backward. They could show how considerate they are, with a little work they could have 2 lists one for men and one for women. Women are after all defective and there are more weighty matters to consider like who they belong to. The list for men on the other hand would probably have no arguments in it at all and in any case even if came to pass that stoning offences were later added to it, it should not include words like rape, marrying and raping prepubescent females to death, murdering female relatives for bringing dishonour on the house and disfiguring women with acid.

  22. How to be a muslim…..just say …. I don’t like you so I kill you. You are a woman and I hate you for being attractive while no woman in her right mind would let me ……. her so I kill you. You are a kaffir so I kill you. I am a nasty evil self hating halfwit so I kill you. You don’t do as I want so I kill you. You ignore my hysterical screaming demands so I kill you. You are a dirty christian so I kill you. You are a Jew so I kill you. You mock me so I kill you. You are just finishing a marathon so I kill you. You are an innocent out shopping in the mall so I kill you. You are drew a cartoon of alla so I kill you. You don’t like me cruelly killing my meat so I kill you. You stop believing in alla so I kill you. You showed your face so I kill you. You got raped so I kill you. I raped you so I kill you. You are gay so I kill you. You are commuting to work so i kill you. you are a shiite so i kill you. you are a sunni so i kill you. You wrote a book so I kill you. You are doing charitable work so I kill you. You are a girl daring to go to school so I kill you. Millions of your tax dollars are given to my country by your country so I kill you. You are asleep in your school dormitory so I kill you. You are flying to see your family so I kill you. You work in a tall building in New York so I kill you. I could go on for hours with this but I think you get the message. But finally ….. I am a muslim so I kill you. Really finally I can kill you for any prejudice I can incubate in my constipated tiny mind so I kill you. Really really finally. You dared to say something trite but I choose to be offended by it so I kill you. I get aroused by killing so I kill you. I am a lunatic and deeply twisted by unfulfilled sexual desire with absolutely no chance of of scoring so I kill you. I kill you because I have no morals. I just kill you.

  23. There is a storm of comments denying the authenticity of this story. Most of the denials are based on the fact that the photograph does not relate to the actual story. It was very unwise to illustrate the story with a “fake” picture, because now the religious people have a tool to twist the reality. They are posting an avalanche of comments which unfortunately convince many less knowledgeable readers to believe the whole story is fake.

  24. The use of this photographed unlabelled is poor judgement.

    However the use of a photograph not related directly to the story is often used to illustrate or communicate what is going on and is used often in all major media outlets. No-one would be complaining if an illustration of a typical stoning was used to illustrate the process ‘Hey, how do we know the artist was really there drawing this?!”. Usually the correct procedure is to acknowledge the source of the photograph and point out it is for illustrative purposes. So the use of this photograph does not necessarily undermine the truth of the story rather it undermines the professionalism of the people who put it together, which may bring the validity of the story into question. Google is your friend I’m sure if true there will be other more reliable sources.

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