2/14/2008

Witch Hunts Alive and Well in The Religion of Peace

In Saudi Arabia, an illiterate woman has been sentenced to death for bewitching a man and making him impotent. In the twenty-first century.

(Pfizer would love to hire this woman. Viagra sales would skyrocket.)

Here is the article:


Pleas for condemned Saudi 'witch'
By Heba Saleh
BBC News

Human Rights Watch has appealed to Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a woman convicted of witchcraft.

In a letter to King Abdullah, the rights group described the trial and conviction of Fawza Falih as a miscarriage of justice.

The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read.

Among her accusers was a man who alleged she made him impotent.

Human Rights Watch said that Ms Falih had exhausted all her chances of appealing against her death sentence and she could only now be saved if King Abdullah intervened.

'Undefined' crime

The US-based group is asking the Saudi ruler to void Ms Falih's conviction and to bring charges against the religious police who detained her and are alleged to have mistreated her.

Its letter to King Abdullah says the woman was tried for the undefined crime of witchcraft and that her conviction was on the basis of the written statements of witnesses who said that she had bewitched them.

Human Rights Watch says the trial failed to meet the safeguards in the Saudi justice system.

The confession which the defendant was forced to fingerprint was not even read out to her, the group says.

Also Ms Falih and her representatives were not allowed to attend most of the hearings.

When an appeal court decided she should not be executed, the law courts imposed the death sentence again, arguing that it would be in the public interest.

2/07/2008

Tobacco - the Cure for Global Warming

According to Global Warming Hysterics (GWH), the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, caused by human activity, is causing the earth's average surface temperature to rise. In a decade or two, it will be hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalks of Green Bay, Wisconsin in January.

Well, since people are the cause of this catastrophe, then the cure is to get rid of people, right? Just in time, here is a report from the World Health Organization (WHO).




From the report:

Tobacco Could Kill 1 Billion by 2100
By EDITH M. LEDERER

NEW YORK (AP) — Tobacco use killed 100 million people worldwide in the 20th century and could kill 1 billion people in the 21st unless governments act now to dramatically reduce it, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday.

Governments around the world collect more than $200 billion in tobacco taxes every year but spend less than one-fifth of 1 percent of that revenue on tobacco control, it said.

"We hold in our hands the solution to the global tobacco epidemic that threatens the lives of 1 billion men, women and children during this century," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said in an introduction to the report.




The problem is, WHO is recommending that all countries raise taxes to combat this and reduce the number of people who use tobacco.

So what is more important, saving the planet or saving a billion human lives?

WHO needs to get together with GWH and devise a strategy. People should be encouraged to smoke. We need fewer people, not more.

Archbishop of Canterbury Mentally Ill

I knew that religious leaders were not exactly paragons of critical thinking, but surely the head of the Church of England should be smarter than this.



From the article:

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the UK has to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

He says Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty".