November 23, 2007

wow ... just ... wow

I cannot even begin to comprehend this. And the silence from GW is deafening. This is the sort of thing that can happen when you let laws be determined by theocratic edict. Are you fundies out there paying attention? Is this really what you want? Legislation based on Leviticus? Would this sort of society be just fine with you?

Saudis back rape victim sentence (BBC)

...The 19-year-old, who has not been named, was travelling in a car with a male friend last year, when the car was attacked by a gang of seven men who raped both of them.

She has become known as the "Qatif girl", a reference to the largely Shia town which she comes from.

Four of the men were convicted of kidnapping - but the court also sentenced the woman and her friend to receive 90 lashes each for the crime of "illegal mingling".

Last week the court increased the woman's sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison.

It also banned her lawyer from the courtroom and took away his licence.
Here is our State Department's official position:
A state department spokesman on Tuesday called the verdict "astonishing", but said it was not its place to call for the ruling to be changed.
Sickening. Are the Bushies that much in bed with the Saudis that they cannot get on the right side of this?

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