Islamic law is harsh. It shows no mercy. Take the case of a boy we’ll call Mohammad. He was seventeen years old and lived in a small, forgotten town some miles from Tehran. Mohammad was a bright boy; athletic. He attended a school where his sports abilities ranked him high among other students. He had a bright future.
Mohammad was always a bit on the wild side. He loved to party, occasionally drank illegal alcohol, even smoked hashish when it was available. His antics would have landed him in serious trouble with the Islamic authorities were he ever to be caught.
One night, during the celebration of a religious festival, Mohammad and some of his friends were partying. A couple of girls came around and before long the party turned into a sexual free-for-all. For fun, one of the boys used his video recorder to record Mohammad having oral sex with one of the girls, who was only fifteen years old. In fact, it was the girl who instigated the act with Mohammad.
Later, the video camera fell into the hands of the local police. Mohammad was arrested. He’s now serving ten years in jail, with no prospect of parole. His crime – child molestation.
Mohammad was a victim of his own raging hormones and a fifteen year old girl unable to control her desires. Neither did anything that most of us, if we are honest, have not indulged in at some time during our pubescent years. But, Islamic law is strict and shows no mercy…………
……..except, Mohammad does not live in a small, forgotten town some miles from Tehran. His name is not Mohammad, but Genarlow Wilson. He lives in Georgia, in the USA.
He was not sentenced under Islamic law – Genarlow is not a Muslim – but under the laws of the United States of America.
For sometime, US politicians have been criticizing harsh Islamic regimes for their treatment of wayward citizens; the state of their jails; the lack of freedoms and rights afforded to ordinary folk.
From where I’m observing, there seems little difference between such regimes, and that of the United States of America.
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