Jewish Journal


August 7, 2008

Iran suspends death by stoning



An Iranian woman being stoned

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues its international PR campaign, this week announcing a temporary suspension in its policy of stoning to death adulterers and homosexuals.

Stoning the sinner is not a Quranic but an Iranian one. Though a rare form of punishment, Iranian law ensures that its particularly painful: “The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately.”

But that’s all in the past, right? Don’t believe what you’ve heard and read: Iran is really a blooming, misunderstood democracy.

Editor’s note: Please mind the sarcasm.

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