Iran judge’s savage sentence
Christian has lips burned with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan
A JUDGE ordered the cruel punishment after the man was found eating during the Muslim “holy” month.
Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset for the period of a month, but even according to Islamic law the fast doesn’t apply to non-Muslims, in most cases.
But according to a number of media report, including this one, the horrific punishment was carried out on a public square in the city of Kermanshah in front of a large crowd of people who turned out to watch the barbaric display of Iran’s idea of justice.
The city’s deputy governor, Ali Ashraf Karami, confirmed that five other Muslim men were given 70 lashes at the same time as the lip-burning, also for not fasting on Ramadan.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as “savage” and called on the west to take action. A spokesperson for the Council said in a statement:
The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran. This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before.
Iran has already come under some serious criticism from the UN for their open persecution of Christians in a report which was published in March. The report noted that Iran continuously persecutes and falsely imprisons Christians, simply because of their faith, claiming they are:
Threats to national security.
A Guardian report suggests some Muslim residents of Tehran are losing their appetite for Ramadan, although public fasting disobedience has yet to be seen in the country’s capital.
It quotes Hamid, who plans to retire in a couple of years from his telecommunications job, as saying:
Everything is different this year. In 1995, if someone had even a drop of water, everyone went and reported it and that person would get fired, or just scolded if they were lucky. Not any more, though. People are looking out for each other.
I almost miss those days, though. It’s like people’s hearts just aren’t in religion any more.