Thank God For Christian Mercy!

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.

You can read more of the story of Genarlow Wilson at this CSpan link – once again, my thanks to Mike at “From Chaos To Order” for bringing the story to our attention.

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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5 Replies to “Thank God For Christian Mercy!”

  1. That’s an incredibly heart-wrenching story. What a horrible law and horrible situation for that poor kid. I’m taken aback, actually, not having known that there were still such laws in place. I can’t believe they changed the law but it doesn’t apply retroactively… wow…

  2. As long as we continue to live in these horrid glass houses we should keep our stones to ourselves. This law is not about right or wrong, this law is about old farts punishing kids for doing no harm but instead for doing what kids do. Ten years in jail is a waste of the kid’s life and most likely the ruination of his life.

  3. Sara – Genarlow Wilson is just one of many, many, young people locked away for years in this country for offenses any reasonable human being would consider petty or non-criminal. When did you last view a documentary describing the inside of American prisons? It’s unlikely you ever have. Cameras are not allowed. In fact, but for the occasional story to make the news – like Wilson’s – the American public is encouraged to conveniently forget these people exist. Maybe the publicity will eventually result in Genarlow Wilson’s early release, but he only got the coverage by being a bright lad and a superb athlete. What of the others, without those assets, who languish in a prison cell for years with no-one but immediate family knowing or caring?

    PoP – those “old farts” are the ones who should be serving time in jail for having the egotistical effrontery to ruin a young man’s life. When Wilson eventually gets out he’ll be the worse for his ordeal. That’s not what prison is supposed to be about – in a civilized society.

  4. Under said harsh Islamic law, a person can marry when they reach adolescence – no continued artificial infancy there. A boy can marry up to four wives when he’s fifteen, although, of course, he has to be able to maintain the four families with perfect justice (ie. not really recommended). If a man wants more trouble than that, he’s seen as… well, sort of greedy.

    Sex is sacred in Islam, and seen as worth protecting with a few basic rules. Fornication gets a hundred lashes for both the male and felmale. Adultery gets stoning for both. Mind you, proving either requires the eye witness of actual penetration by no less than four absolutely righteous upstanding brothers (and how often is that going to happen?), and if the spouse denies it, they both just take an oath on Allah and divorce.

    I should mention that a huge amount of people apply to the ulama in Saudi every year to get themselves stoned for adultery. Why? It is considered that if people take the punishment here in this life, they just might be spared the punishment in the hereafter. That the ulama has a policy of only stoning its own citizens is seen as being rather unfair.
    Completely different mindset, i suppose.

    As for actual child molesters, the predators of infants say, in my work with Social Services it was deemed that even one incident was capable of negatively affecting up to 3 generations of children, and all such records are now kept active for 72 years.

    In Islam, after extensive judication, if a man is found guilty of destroying young lives in this way, he’s thrown from the highest tower. We figured out a long time ago that this destruction is just part of the guy’s sexuality, and he’s not going to change. Harsh? Well… if i could show you some of the children’s abuse files i’ve handled, you might not think so.

    Is Islamic justice perfect? Probably not as long as people are administering it, but any of those people are also seen as being ultimately accountable for their jurisprudence. Different mindset, again. How does it stand against American law? Apples and oranges, gentlemen. I would argue that it was more universal, and less corrupt.

    Besides, wasn’t this ‘moral’ law founded by Puritans, people who were reviled throughout Europe for their sexual perversions? People who regenerated through a hole in their bedsheet?

    Please don’t hold up their laws with ours!
    We invented the Kama Sutra, after all!

    Oh garsh – another long rant. Sorry, Mr. Adams. Thank you for your continued graciousness.

  5. Anan – I’m always thrilled by the stimulation of your often contentious comments. This one equally so. But I stick with my opinion of Sharia Law, that it is harsh and unforgiving. Mindset is certainly relevant, but the imposition of pain, suffering, and/or death, on any individual by others is, for me, merely a reflection of that society’s arrogance and bears no relation to the deep loving truths to be found in all the great religions. More, I believe, they are nothing but an excuse to exercise power by fear, and have no place in any society that deems to call itself civilized. At the same time I applaud an attitude towards sex that places it in a place of sanctity, though the idea of a man having up to four wives smacks of serious sexism. Why not one woman having four husbands?
    Having lived a number of years in an America coated only by a wafer-thin veneer of civilization to hide its still godless and barbaric underbelly, if I had previously entertained any doubts concerning my belief that state murder in any of its despicable forms held any justice, this nation’s attitude towards those who fall foul of its penal system would have dispelled them. The penalties of Sharia Law I hold in equal contempt. Certainly, I agree it does stand against American law – as you rightly say, apples and oranges – but in that context both are poisonous fruit from my vantage point. As for the “Puritans” – pure only in their inability to to see beyond their own prejudices. Like most so-called religious organizations, any truths in their doctrine were rapidly ejected to make way for the power-mongers.
    I long ago rejected the concepts of “right” and “wrong” as polarities. I view everything as evolving, back towards the perfection of the Godhead it originally was – and that we label “sin” or “crime”, merely the manifestations of imperfection.
    As for the Kama Sutra, it’s just a pity you kept it to yourselves for so long. Christians could have done with the instruction before they invented the one and only “missionary” method!

    Great comment as always, my friend!

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