Violence continues to erupt in the Middle East. Yesterday, I wrote about the riots in Afghanistan over the military’s handling of Korans used for exchanging extremist messages. People died in the riots, and now Obama has sent a letter of apology to Karzai for the Koran burning. Of course, this is not the first time there have been deadly riots there over the Koran being burned, even if it didn’t HAPPEN in Afghanistan. You may recall, a Koran being burned in the USA was sufficient for deadly riots to take place.
Meanwhile, two more NATO forces were killed by a man dressed in an Afghan Army uniform, an increasing issue for NATO soldiers there. I bet Karzai is jumping right on writing a letter of apology himself. Right.
And meanwhile, right this minute, a Christian Pastor sits in an Iranian prison, where he has been since 2009. His crime? He refuses to denounce his Christian faith. As of Wednesday, this pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, has been sentenced to death:
[snip] Supporters fear Youcef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old father of two who was arrested over two years ago on charges of apostasy, may now be executed at any time without prior warning, as death sentences in Iran may be carried out immediately or dragged out for years.
It is unclear whether Nadarkhani can appeal the execution order.
“The world needs to stand up and say that a man cannot be put to death because of his faith,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
“This one case is not just about one execution. We have been able to expose the system instead of just letting one man disappear, like so many other Christians have in the past.”
It is also feared that Nadarkhani will be executed in retaliation as Iran endures crippling sanctions and international pressure in response to its nuclear agenda and rogue rhetoric. The number of executions in Iran has increased significantly in the last month.
“This is defiance,” Sekulow said. “They want to say they will carry out what they say they will do.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
What a tragic situation. Pastor Nadarkhani is married, and has two children. Efforts are being made by the State Department for his release, but his imprisonment has gone on too, too long. And the threat of death for his beliefs is simply unacceptable.
Speaking of a death penalty, here is some News From The Bizarre. A US woman attempted to hire a hit man to kill the first person he saw wearing fur. Yes, she is a BIG animal rights person and this was how she wanted to make her point: by killing a real live human being. I am not kidding you about this. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it in yesterday’s paper (I saw that Coach Collins has a post about this very story today, too).
Now, y’all know I am a HUGE animal supporter. My partner and I give a boatload of money to rescue organizations, wildlife organizations, ocean groups, and the whole shebang. ALL of our animals are rescues, including our horse. I LOVE animals. We have deer coming through my yard every single night that we stop and watch every single night. Animals are large in our hearts. But this is nuts. People are animals, too, not for nothing. And committing murder is so far from making one’s point, it is not even on the same planet.
Holy crap. What is WRONG with people?!?
Finally, and this really is an Open Thread, one very sad story broke today, news still forthcoming about it. Tragically, two helicopters collided today in CA, killing 7 Marines. My heart goes out to their families, and their fellow Marines, in this terrible, terrible tragedy. My deepest sympathies to them all, and to us, for losing 7 Marines here at home. Semper fidelis…