Also, today, Sri Lanka, with more than two-hundred fifty inmates on death row, is considering the implementation of the death penalty. Their two, new, executioners will now undergo a fourteen-day training. So it appears to me that they are beyond the "consideration" phase.
In Singapore, Yong Vui Kong, was convicted, in 2007, on a drug trafficking charge, and still awaits the gallows. A petition has been sent to The President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S.R Nathan.
Also, in Singapore, just seeking freedom of expression, will lead to harsh rebukes and punishments, including their infamous caning. Little is being done to reduce the human rights offenses committed by their government.
Singaporeans who hand out political leaflets or publicly criticize a senior official can face a gauntlet of punishments, including bankruptcy-inducing fines, travel bans, and prison terms. In Singapore, rights are only for those who reliably toe the government line.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director
I am reminded of the murder of Atefah Sahaaleh, who was sentenced to death, at the age of 16, charged with "crimes against chastity", for having committed adultery with a 50 year old, married man. Her sentence was carried out.
There are those who assert that she had been the victim of rape by this man, but, to preserve the "honor" of this married man, was made victim, villain, and pawn.
The story brings me back to the story of "The Stoning of Soriya M."
This, very wonderfully made, but hard to watch, film is based on the true story of a Persian woman who falls prey to rumors.
Ancient civilizations, and their cultural doctrine and dogma, seem to remain entirely sacrosanct, and unimpeachable. But what of humanity, and humaneness?
As continents the world over, are evolving and adapting to the "new hand of the law, as one of more compassion, why do we allow China, Tibet, Saudi Arabia, The Sudan, and others, to replace sensibility, and sensitivity with scripture?
What about the enforcement of their spiritual law, within the borders of the United States, such as the suspected honor killing of Shaima Alawadi (I dramatize this story in my play, "Crosses to Bear")? Will there ever be a time when Shari'ah law will be more secular? Should it ever?
I respect that religions are critical to their adherents. I have respect for anyone's religious freedom, and their freedom to not be religious at all. I respect that people of all faith traditions believe their God to be infallible.
The question, with respect, that burns in my mind, as it is clear that many times these punishments are doled out for the convenience of the lawbreakers: Where does the line get drawn? As Americans, what is our responsibility in the matter?
Are centuries-old religions immune to broader, cultural compassion in the twenty-first century? What should a, blended society do? Anything at all? Or must we accept the status quo?
Feeling somewhat like an oppressed teen in "Footloose", he is a novelist, playwright, film producer and an, unashamed, Sapiosexual Polymath! His semi-frequent musings can be found at http://marcinhosavant.com