Archive for September 9th, 2010

“We Love Each Other No Matter What Happens”

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

—John 8:1-11

Nine years on, Operation Enduring Fiefdom is proceeding so well that the Taliban and associates, now dominant throughout much of Afghanistan, have returned to publicly stoning to death people who love against their rules.

Last month a 47-year-old pregnant Afghan widow, Sanam Gul, was flogged and then shot for conceiving out of wedlock a child with a man she intended to marry. That proved to be just the warm-up act for the death sentence meted out a week later to 25-year-old Abdul Qayum and his 19-year-old beloved, Siddiqa. Their crime? They had eloped against the wishes of their families.

The punishment was carried out by hundreds of the victims’ neighbors in a village in northern Kunduz Province, according to Nadir Khan, 40, a local farmer and Taliban sympathizer, who was interviewed by telephone. Even family members were involved, both in the stoning and in tricking the couple into returning after they had fled.

Mr. Khan said that as a Taliban mullah prepared to read the judgment of a religious court, the lovers defiantly confessed in public to their relationship. “They said, ‘We love each other no matter what happens,'” Mr. Khan said.

These lovers were beings of light. Those who killed them: anathema.



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