July 3, 2011
Iran upholds Christian’s death sentence
I, for one, am 100 percent shocked that Iran’s supreme court would uphold the death penalty for apostasy. Wait a minute ... no I’m not. This is a country that only relatively recently halted execution by stoning and hangs men for being gay.
Here’s the story from AKI:
See, the question for the high court of the Islamic Republic of Iran wasn’t whether such punishment was cruel and unusual, but whether the death sentence for a Christian priest who was born to a Muslim family was correct. In other words, had Nadarkhani converted out of Islam or was he never a Muslim to begin with?
The court upheld the former. But how much of their ruling was about applying a law that is so medieval it’s absurd as opposed to just about persecuting a Christian leader?
(Hat tip: Howard Friedman)