There is a lot of evil in the world and so much of it comes from religion, but every once in a while, things are even worse than I thought likely. Our friends at ISIS, the Syrian-based extremist terrorist group too violent and sadistic even for Al-Qaeda, decided to mete out some Islamic justice by chopping off the hand of a reported robber and live-tweeting the event.
In the remote Syrian town of Maskanah, located in the northern province of Aleppo, a series of three pictures, the first showing a man having his arm forcibly stretched across a table while a man with a sword waited, the second of the swordsman about to strike and the third, of the bloody stump and free hand laying on the table. Judging by the pictures, it took at least four strikes to fully sever the hand.
The pictures were accompanied by text, written in Arabic, supposedly detailing the man’s crimes. At the scene was a man, pictured in white, who read out the sentence. According to the charges, the man’s hand was to be cut off to “cleanse his sins”.
The Twitter account that posted the pictures was suspended by Twitter and while they wouldn’t issue a statement, they do say that the account had more than 96,000 followers and more than 20,000 tweets before it was stopped.
What is wrong with these people?
This is not at all uncommon though, although the Twitter bit is a new twist. Take the case of a Christian man in Pakistan who was beaten and tortured in an effort to force him to convert to Islam. They even threatened to kidnap and harm his children if he didn’t comply. The Qur’an says there is to be no compulsion to convert (Qur’an 2:256), someone didn’t pass that nugget of joy on to the Muslims who are abusing people left and right when they dare to deconvert from their stupid religion.
Once again, we’re left with the supposed religion of peace, a religion that sheds an awful lot of blood, with a place on Horror Show Sunday.