September 20, 2003


Anger over adultery stoning case (CNN.Com, September 19, 2003)

Pressure is mounting on the Nigerian government to spare the life of a Muslim woman condemned to death by stoning for adultery.

An Islamic court in the northern Nigerian city of Katsina will next week rule on whether to acquit 31-year-old single mother Amina Lawal on charges of adultery, or uphold the sentence of death by stoning.

Protesters in South Africa and Nigeria have demanded a reversal of the decision first handed down in March last year and unsuccessfully appealed in August.

Lawal gave birth on January 6 last year, more than two years after her divorce but only six-and-a-half months after Katsina formally reinstituted Islamic Shariah law. [...]

South African protester Nomsa Makhaye echoed the sentiment of her president when she said to CNN, "It takes two to the tango, so why is it that just the woman must suffer?"

Nomsa Makhaye has it right. Stone the lover too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2003 7:21 AM

So I guess Sharia law doesn't have a problem with creating capital offenses ex post facto? Or maybe that baby was born almost three months premature in northern Nigeria and survived anyway? Sentence should be reduced to a public flogging for both parties.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at September 20, 2003 11:28 AM

Well, we obviously have no right to judge other cultures, but I do think they should make him President and give her a line of purses and a tv show.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 20, 2003 5:54 PM


I don't think that's obvious at all. Humans judge everything, all the time, and rightly so.

For instance, we can compare US society to that of Nigeria, and conclude that they know neither mercy, nor objective justice.
Nor do they know reason or prosperity.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 20, 2003 11:04 PM


But they take sexual promiscuity seriously.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2003 3:04 PM


No, they don't, or this woman's lover would also face execution.

In any case, I KNOW that you don't value controlling sexual promiscuity over all other aspects of society, so your response is merely argumentative.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 22, 2003 6:15 AM


Their problem is that they don't take women seriously enough.

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2003 7:46 AM

Orrin you're wrong hear. This isn't about
our kind of morality. This is about a women
getting out of line. This savage "justice" is
only primitive simulacrum of proper Christian

You give the savages too much credit.

Posted by: J.H. at September 22, 2003 9:44 AM

Half a loaf...

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2003 11:15 AM

So, Orrin, does each stone thrower have to certify himself or herself untainted by adultery? Or is it last man (or woman) standing?

I seem to recall that your God had something to say about it.

He disagreed with you.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 22, 2003 10:32 PM

Thou shalt not covet another man's wife seems clear enough.

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2003 10:34 PM