As you are probably already aware, a woman in Nigeria is appealing her death sentence, which was given due to her having committed the heinous crime of adultery (Okay, it's not even actually adultery since she wasn't married to anybody at the time, but that's beside the point). I don't think I really need to point out how inhumanly sadistic Sharia law is, but there is another story in the news relevant to this case.

In Alabama, a state known for being marginally less fundamentally religious than Islamic Nigeria, a bunch of Christians are protesting, praying, and suing to have the ten commandments monument returned to Alabama's supreme court building lobby. I believe they would do well to read up on the previous case I mentioned as an example of what happens when the church and the state are not mutually exclusive. "Oh, but we're just trying to uphold the ten commandments, which set a proper moral code! We're not endorsing the level of insanity that those wacky muslims have.", they may say. However, a quick glance at these commandments will reveal that #7 is a decree against adultery. Guess what Moses prescribed as the punishment for adultery? You guessed it: stoning.

Tell you what, fundamentalist christians of Alabama and everywhere, unless you seriously haven't commited an offense punishable by stoning, and since you've read the bible, I'm sure you know that the top ten are only the first of many commandments, including such things as charging interest on a loan (EX 22:25) or doing any sort of work at all on a Sunday (EX 31:15)then shut the fuck up and let man handle the laws of man, and let God worry about God's laws. You can't really accuse a deity of micromanagement when He's theoretically omnipotent. If God's really so concerned about these commandments being followed, then the minute a penis touches a vagina it's not married to, there should be some lightning bolts goin' on. If all that praying these fundies are doing magically levitates the ten commandments monument back into the supreme court's rotunda, then I'll think twice about my Optimus Prime shrine, but unless they seriously dig a future in which bible cops wield full-auto stone launchers against the paperboy when he tries to deliver the Sunday funnies , then I recommend they save their breath and go home.

(Link via Jess)


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