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Indonesia's Aceh Province OKs Stoning for Adulterers

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Offending married couples can be punished by a minimum of 100 lashings and a maximum of stoning to death. It also imposes severe prison terms for homosexuality, which will be punishable by public lashings and more than eight years in prison.


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mary f (200)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 5:10 am
these people are sick

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 6:43 am
These laws are inhumane and need changing. Thanks Tom.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 7:02 am

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 7:12 am
This totally disgusting what is wrong with these countries?

this one is moving backwards in time not forward. how barbaric and disgusting this country is.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 9:46 am
Very, very sick.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 11:32 am
This is from the stone age!

Isma kumar (563)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 12:21 pm
Great Goodness.. I have lived in Indonesia many years ago . In that time there was nothing like that and the muslims where very tolerant with all other religions in Indonesia. This is a absolutely outrageous that they go backwards instead of forwards

Ron S (2)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 1:01 pm
Are we living in the 21st or the 14th century? The situation in Indonesia is deplorable! As the great Voltaire stated: "Crush the infamous thing--stamp out religious intolerance and fanaticism!"

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 2:10 pm
Tx T om

Judy Lujan (0)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 2:38 pm
The perils of theocracy...

Nell d (12)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:31 pm
The Muslim religion is a scourge of humanity! Every day I hear of the horrors and barbaric things they do in the name of religion. I am SO sick of hearing of it and Muslim leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This so called religion, which has nothing to do with God, should be abolished once and for all in this world. It reaps hatred, wars, condemnation, and pure evil!

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 7:36 pm
Actually Nell the kind of "Muslims" who make you sick have as little knowledge of Islam as you do. I have read about women cutting of the penises of their cheating husbands and being praised fot it, here on care2. Makes me kind of confused.

Tom M (814)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 9:20 pm
Thanks for your comments everyone!

According to the article, "The majority of Indonesia's Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith, and surveys suggest they do not support such hard-line interpretations of the Koran, the Muslim holy book."

Unfortunately, those in power decide the fate of millions, even in so-called democracies like my country America. 73% of Americans were against the Iraq war, but when a reporter mentioned that fact to Dick Cheney, he said, "So?"

I believe it's wrong to condemn any group of people on the basis of their national origin, race or religion. Many people in the world are held hostage to laws and customs they don't agree with but can do nothing about.

Marena Chen (200)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 10:42 pm
First, let me clarify something here. It is NOT the Indonesian Government NOR its people that are imposing these laws, but a small province called Aceh governed by a bunch of lunatic muslims who are interpreting the Q'ran according to their own whims and fancies. Lets not condemn the whole country for the actions of a brain-dead minority. I am no lover of Islam, but I must defend our neighbors in this case. Those nut-jobs in Aceh, have been killing people of different faith (specially Christians) and burning down their churches, temples, shrines etc. indiscriminately. The mainstream Indonesians are not happy with the actions of those neanderthal type muslims either. By the way, philandering husbands are not punished at all under any form of Islam. The "couples" referred to means the adulterous wife and her lover.

Tom M (814)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 11:24 pm
Marena, you may be right that "the 'couples' referred to means the adulterous wife and her lover," but the article does say, "The law states that offending married couples can be punished by a minimum of 100 lashings and a maximum of stoning to death." Maybe the word "married" was a mistake.

Ann D (0)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 12:20 am
Amen, Marena, could not have said it better.

. (0)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 12:59 am
Just make sure you don't marry one...gosh how can one live with those rules over your head... sherbet.. this is a bit tooooooooooooo hectic... even in christianity Jesus forgave the women who had seven hubands... they need to be more leniant, as we are all human and mae mistakes...

Kudelasz Edward (4)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 2:39 am
It is more easy to condamn ? If you feel sorry and try to help it will be better. I feel sorry because I canot help and sorry for us if we forget that we are responsible to for whats going on. Where are the rich and powefull prist of Jesus, what are they doing, they don't feel guilty?

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 4:39 am
God considers adultery a sin and it is one of the ten commandments (Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”). The punishment for adultery in the old testament was death for those who committed adultery (Deuteronomy 22:22, “… then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel”).

Today, most of the world does not consider adultery a crime, much less a crime punishable by death. On the other hand, God's opinion about adultery has not changed (Revelation 21:8, “But the … whoremongers … shall have their part in the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”)

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Marena Chen (200)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 7:02 am
@ Tom, it was only a wrong translation, that's all. I read the article in the original Bahasa.

@ Kudelasz. The churches in Indonesia are mainly very poor Protestant Churches. There are no Rich and Powerfull "Priests of Jesus" - those are to be found mainly in the Catholic Church which is also the richest entity in the world. I don't think they would want to step up to the plate and help the Protestants. Does that answer your question?

Katz R (54)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 9:13 am
this is insane. Anyone who has studied the Koran knows stoning isn't even in there and I am sickened by the crap that different groups are doing in the name of their religon

Ann D (0)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 4:56 pm
Ummm, wasn't it just two or three years ago the tsunami hit Aceh province? Didn't the world send millions, maybe billions, of dollars, food, medicine, clothing, housing, etc? And these same muslims would not allow world aid in, but we could leave all for them to deal with? Indonesia has the highest muslim population in the world, many are terrorists. So, were we really helping Indonesians, or just funding terrorists?

Elderberry T (201)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 7:34 pm
I don't support murder ...whether is by stoning, the electric chair, lethal injection, bombing countries to pieces, slow death from DU bombing radiation, toxic vaccinations...shall I continue? We can petition and pressurise, but why should they listen to such violent hypocritical people as us?

Elderberry T (201)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 8:06 pm
Matloob made a good point here if anyone bothered to notice while standing in brain washed judgement.
The comments from Nell "The Muslim religion is a scourge of humanity!" and Chaz "Just make sure you don't marry one" are downright ignorant,offensive and shameful. No doubt those pushing for a war with Iran will be happy to see stuff like that.
Lets try to clean up our own backyards there's plenty to do, every country on earth has shameful inhumane issues. Don't they.

Elderberry T (201)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 8:09 pm
The House of Rothschild bought Reuters news service in the 1800's. Within the last 20 years, Reuters bought the Associated Press. Now the Elite own the two largest wire services in the world, where most newspapers get their news. The Rothschilds have control of all three U.S. Networks, plus other aspects of the recording and mass media industry according to research by Eustice Mullins in his book 'Who Owns the TV Networks'.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 18, 2009, 6:47 am
I know that Africa is a 3rd world country, but they are still hooked on the stone age!

Sleeping Beauty (1)
Friday September 18, 2009, 11:10 am
It is plain disgusting that society sets cruel and barbarian punishments for affairs. Simple divorce would be good enough to separate the couple, and nobody would need to die.

This is plain cruelty dressed into religious clothes, Islamic as usual - they didn't learn to love your neighbour as yourself.

Shirley S (187)
Friday September 18, 2009, 10:40 pm
Poor misguided people. I'm glad I live in the "Lucky Country".

Marena Chen (200)
Sunday September 20, 2009, 12:13 am
We have some weird laws here in Malaysia too. You can get arrested for holding hands, kissing in public (including married couples) for committing "Khalwat" (close proximity i.e being with someone you're not married to, in a house, hotel room etc without a third person (chaperon) being present) and the like. Upon conviction be slapped with either a fine, jail time, or both. Even elderly married couples have been arrested for Khalwat in hotel rooms (while on vacation) if they can not produce their marriage certificate to the religious police, they are locked up until some family member can bring the certificate for verification. This even happened to a middle-aged american couple on Langkawi Island a few years back.

In the old days here in Malaysia, if a woman was suspected of committing adultery, she would be buried up to her neck (standing in a hole) and have a kris driven downwards into her collar bone and left to die in agony. Sometimes it took several days for her to die. Sorry for the gruesome "history lesson" but humans do inhuman things to their fellow-man (or woman in these cases)

Cathi Hartline (248)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 4:52 pm
thank You Tom for Your news and all of Your diligence in what all You do!! these people are horrible, and I hope their country wakes up to human rights sooner than later! ( I am sure there are many there that are and are working hard on the problem ) I try to be optimisitc as possible though it is hard at times!.....many blessings.... I will keep them all in My prayers!.........Cathi

Jaclin S (230)
Sunday November 1, 2009, 6:24 pm
Absolutely archaic and diabolical!!! I keep saying this I know - but everyone must be allowed to live their lives as they see fit - it is their right!!! It is not the right of religious fanatics to dictate the laws which is what is happening in many eastern countries and of course we know has been for legions of years. My heart goes out to all those poor souls who are under these diabolical laws. TY Tom Love & Light
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