[notice]HELEN BURNARD, writing last week for INcontext Ministries expresses her great frustration at the Church’s silence about flogging and violence in the name of Islam and Sharia Law. Gateway News invites you to submit your Righteous Rant to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible publication in this new, occasional column where readers get to share what’s on their heart.[/notice]This morning like every other I was woken up by the clock radio set on RSG and I listened intently for the next two hours to the past 24hours news events and updates of the day. I was instantly moved to rage and tears at the same time when the following reports came through: “In the Maldives, a 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said. The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby” – and then in the same breath the radio announcer continued saying that there are speculations that beer in South Africa is made out of bathwater at which the co-announcer said: “The thought of having to drink dirty bath water makes my stomach turn”.
In one sentence a girl is sentenced to a 100 lashes, no comment, but Beer made from bath water makes the stomach turn. Does this reflect just how “immune” and accepting we have become when a religion such as Islam flogs a 15year old girl with a 100 lashes because her stepfather raped her over and over again and then hides her in an orphanage for 8 months, away from the world’s eye’s? Is this the loving, tolerant peaceful religion of Islam? How long will we keep silent, how long will the church defend Islam and the Sharia law, proclaiming we serve the same god? If Christians and Moslems serve the same God I definitely want to be counted as an atheist. Why are women in Islam silent about their sisters who are flogged, raped, killed all in the name of Allah? Are they afraid that the same fate may befall them? Why is the Church of Christ silent? Is it because it fears the wrath of Islam?
Editor’s note: According to online news reports, the young rape victim was sentenced to 100 lashes for premarital sex with another man — something that police discovered while investigating the rape case. Subsequently, amidst an international outcry, the Maldives President has asked the attorney general to appeal against the decision. The fact remains however, that the Islamic court wants to subject this teenager who has already suffered much abuse to the pain and humiliation of 100 lashes!