Public Lashings in Iran, One Way to Curb Drunk Driving?
August 22, 2007 4 Comments
I tend to stop by the Drudge Report at least once a day, for Matt Drudge posts the most interesting stories.
Found this one titled, “Rough justice: 80 lashes for ‘immoral’ Iranian who abused alcohol and had sex” from the U.K.’s Daily Mail (Warning: not for the squeamish). What the headline does not tell you (though the story does, though of course, the word “fornication” is predictably left out) is that the man was accused of fornication (sex outside of marriage) not merely “having sex”, 2 different things. I shudder to think how this government punishes homosexuals.
Inevitably as is the case with an event which is not very likely to occur here in the States, I asked the question, what if it did? [No, I’m not advocating or pining for it]
I’m guessing that as with car accidents, people would gather together and watch the spectacle, they did in Iran and as we all know, people are people.
Such a policy, besides directly affecting the untold millions of Americans who abuse alcohol and/or fornicate, would also affect a particular group of especially reviled people (until we join the sorry bunch): drunk drivers.
According to MADD, in 2006 there were 17,602 alcohol-related fatalities on American roadways. This constituted 41% of the total number of people killed in automobile crashes in that year.
For the record when I consumed alcohol, I did it. I drove under the influence, stupid, I know. I even got pulled over once but the officer let me go since I was less than a block away from my place. Thanks be to God that in my stupidity and irresponsibility I did not hurt anyone else other than myself.
My inability/reluctance to responsibly consume alcoholic beverages was the reason which after being born again, I was convicted and helped by the Holy Spirit to abstain completely from alcohol. Perhaps one day in the future I will again partake but seeming how I’ve been fine without it for 4 years, I don’t see a good enough reason to do so again.
Back to the public lashings, if this were the punishment awaiting convicted drunk drivers here in the States, would this drop the number of alcohol-related fatalities?
[Also in the story is the revelation that “Earlier this year, a man was flogged after a copy of the Bible was found in his car”. So much for respect for “People of the Book”. Given how allergic the leaders of Iran are to common sense, much less Truth Himself, I do not find this the least bit surprising for those in darkness will do everything within their measly powers to remain in this condition, I sure did.]