Monday, August 16, 2010

There's no place like home.

I have plenty of issues with the way things work in America but I can still appreciate that we have it a whole lot better than some places in the world. Today's example:
Taliban orders stoning

Taliban stone couple for adultery in Afghanistan
From Associated Press
August 16, 2010 11:32 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants in northern Afghanistan stoned a young couple to death for adultery, which a rights group said was the first confirmed use of the punishment here since the hardline Islamist regime was ousted in 2001.

Not only did the Taliban condemn the couple but the local villagers seemed quite willing to come out and throw the stones. What is wrong with these people? Adultry may not be the best thing for a society but it doesn't seem as if it's worthy of the death penalty. If I rail against religion on this site it's because of religion's involvement in atrocities such as this. And it's not just Islam. Islam happens to be at the root of today's article but on any given day it could be Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any of the world's mythologies.
We have to keep religion out of our government. Not only is it in the constitution but it's also just a damn good idea. Thank you Thomas Jefferson.