Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Stoning of Soraya M.

Carl M. Cannon of Politics Daily reviews the movie "The Stoning of Soraya M."

Based on a true story, the film relates a grisly execution of an "inconvenient wife." Under the Sharia, which this event takes place, victims are often punished with little or no evidence - just the accusations of another. In this case, Soraya M. was accused of infidelity by her husband.

Only an Islamic court would give so much weight to a man's testimony that it would brutally stone a woman to death.

In the review, Cannon makes a point on the dangers of encroaching Islam:

In the anarchic days of the Iranian Revolution, Ghorban-Ali had found work as a prison guard in a neighboring town. There, he met a 14-year-old girl whom he wanted to marry. Polygamy was encouraged in Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, but Ghorban-Ali didn't want to support two families, and did not desire to return his wife's dowry. How to rid himself of his "old" wife? That was the easy part. Accuse her of infidelity. No matter that her husband had not actually seen anything untoward, or that Soraya was completely innocent, or that her husband's cynical accusations were only backed up by his cousin, who as it turned out had been coerced into concurring with the vaguest of accusations: a smile here, a brushed hand there.

What court of law would find someone guilty on such flimsy evidence? A "sharia" court is the answer. And so Soraya was convicted. The sentence was death-death by stoning.


I do not know, as I told one of this movie's financial backers, whether Americans will sit through a film this sad and grisly. I only know that they should. It has been said many times since 9/11 that we are in a war of ideas -- and a shooting war as well -- with men who are confident that one day all the world will be governed by this kind of law. It would not be a world worth inhabiting. I am haunted by Soroya and her sisters.

Please, go see this movie. Its message is too important to ignore.

(Hat Tip: The Jawa Report)
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