Friday, January 25, 2008

Bloodthirsty Afghanistan

A 23-year-old journalism student in northern Afghanistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after distributing an Internet article calling Muhammad a killer and adulterer. The New York Times euphemistically describes this kind of gross violation as evidence of Afghanistan's "conservative" government, though more appropriate adjectives may include "backward", "murderous", and "catastrophically stupid". While the student, Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh, has the right to appeal the sentence under what's left of Afghani law, the rest of the free world should be coming down hard on a government that could let something like this happen in the first place. And for the record, Muhammad was, indeed, a murderer, an adulterer, a pedophile, and an illiterate. More details here.

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