A Genie Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

Genie

This is not a joke, see story below:

Saudi ‘genie’ sued for harassment

Guess old boy got tired of his itty-bitty living space and wanted to explore a whole new world.

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Torah and Wahhabism

Saw the following headline at the Drudge Report,
“Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes”

As I read the story my Western mind was taken aback by some of what I was reading,

The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

The story reports that the 90 lashes became 200 because,

the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

As much as I wanted to cast judgment on the policies of the Saudi government (whether or not it is warranted is another issue), I remembered something from the Old Testament.

More specifically in the Torah, that is the Law of Moses. To narrow it down even further, in the book of Deuteronomy (22:23-25),

If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her,

then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.

I write this post understanding that this type of text is fodder for those who shake their fist at God and dismiss Him as some bloodthirsty tyrant (at best) or a non-entity (at worst). Context is typically ignored when one is content to wallow in the mire of unbelief.

However, if we can move past the realm of emotionalism for a bit, is there a difference between what the Saudi government did in this case and what is written in the Torah?

Muslims, Christians, and Peace

Caught this interesting headline from the U.K.:

Muslims tell Christians: ‘Make peace with us or survival of world is at stake’

Whether or not the statement (the focus of the above story) signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars was a veiled threat or not, I cannot say.

Here’s a part of the statement,

“As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them – so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes.”

I thought it interesting since the policies of countries whose population is primarily “Christian” (i.e. America) grant Muslims more freedom to worship Allah than countries like Saudi Arabia, whose population is primarily Muslim, grant peoples who hold different convictions.

From what I understand one cannot bring a Bible into Saudi Arabia, it’s not hard to imagine the outrage that would result if the United States of America had a similar policy towards the Qur’an.

This is not to say that xenophobia and prejudice towards Muslims do not exist in the U.S.

Unfortunately they (xenophobia and bigotry) are alive and kicking here in the States and we must all work to improve on this. Yet this can be done without setting our convictions aside and accepting the Muslim belief that Jesus of Nazareth was not God Incarnate and that He didn’t actually die on the cross (they do, of course, rightly accept that Jesus was born of a virgin).

On this there can be no compromise, yet there is no need to resort to hatred or prejudice. On the contrary, we must love our neighbors (Muslim or not, Jesus doesn’t make a distinction) and share with them what Jesus has done on their behalf so that they may be spared the consequences of rejecting Him.