Sunday, October 01, 2006

Righteous Men & Unholy Women

James 5: 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Today, two young women are being held in prison in Iran, where they have been sentenced to death. Malak Choubray faces a savage and brutal death by stoning for adultery; the other, Kobra Rahmanpour faces the hangman’s noose for killing in self-defense. Both women have been sentenced under the Sharia laws. Malak Choubray contends that she was raped and that her sentencing is unfair. Kobra’s father is vigorously advocating on his daughter’s behalf. Both women have been condemned to death by all male courts, all "righteous men" in their own eyes, powerful and effective when it comes to meting out justice to "unholy women".

It’s about time we all started to pray for these women and others like them in the Islamic world. They have no rights, no equal representation, and no access to justice. They are treated as being subhuman and as outcasts. Without some sort of outcry by the civilized world and the prayers of righteous people, they will be savagely, inhumanely, and brutally killed.

Perhaps when most people are watching “Desperate Housewives” tonight, they should be informed about the real plight of these desperate women in Iran. After all, if we were living under Sharia, the whole cast of many popular TV shows would be stoned to death, hung in public squares, or beheaded in parking lots.

If you want to read about the plight of these young Iranian women, visit the following website

But let me warn you, the video links on this page are horrific and the details of the methods of execution are graphic.

Stushie is the writer of the Heaven's Highway blog and the host of a weekly radio show called "Seven Days"

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