Last week, we learned about a young woman who was stoned to death after eloping with a man she loved in order to escape the future husband her parents had picked out for her. The man in question was given 100 lashes and let go.
Now, the New York Times reports that Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has ordered an investigation into the matter.
The problem is that one of his investigators is a mullah who thinks adulterers should absolutely be stoned to death… which makes you wonder what, exactly, they’re investigating.
“If you’re married and you commit adultery, you have to be stoned,” said the mullah, Maulavi Inayatullah Baleegh, during his sermon at Pul-e Khishti mosque, Kabul’s biggest, on Friday. “The only question was whether this was done according to Shariah law, with witnesses or confessions as required,” he said. “It is necessary to protect and safeguard the honor of women in society, as it was done in the past during the time of the prophet.”
Yeah, the problem wasn’t the stoning. It was that the killers may have followed improper protocol.
When asked if he would criticize the Taliban over the murder, Maulavi Baleegh responded by saying, “Do you want me to have a fight with the Taliban?”
This is why faith-based brutality isn’t going to change in Islamic countries. The people in power either support these murders or they’re too afraid to go after those who do.