Should this photo be grounds for death?
Two weeks ago, a young Tunisian woman known only by the name “Amina” posted political self portraits to Facebook to protest the continued oppression of women in the Arab world’s first democracy.
Posing topless, one photo (right) featured Amina smoking with the Arabic declaration “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of the honour of anyone” scrawled across her chest; the other showed Amina standing defiantly, her middle fingers raised to camera, and the English words “F--- your morals” blaring out from her body
What happened next explains why religion must be separated from the state—and why “democracy” is just another word for mob rule: the young lady was arrested, denounced by her “dishonoured” family (“Amina does not exist anymore for me,” said her aunt; “I hope she pays for her actions,” said her father), and thrown into a psychiatric hospital, where her fate now rests on the decisions of folk like the outraged Wahhabi Salafi preacher who heads the sharia state’s “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, who declares“Amina”
should be punished according to sharia, with 80 to 100 lashes, but [because of] the severity of the act she has committed, she deserves be stoned to death.
Stoned to death! For what? For “giving ideas to other women.”
And even if her life isn’t made forfeit by barbarians who demonstrate the very point made by her protest, she still faces two years in prison. For what? For rejecting the barbarous cultural mores of her society and demanding her rights.
Is this photo really grounds for death? It is in any place ruled by the Moslem religion.