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Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:24 am
by Seawitch
A woman in ...how did you guess,...Saudi-Arabia has been sentanced to beheading for being a witch, according to the Religious Police there...
Youtube video
:-(

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:08 pm
by Arcanum Owl
I have a Islamic co-worker who is from Egypt. He often says that almost everything that Saudi Arabia does against women, be it sentencing to death for made up acts, disallowing women to hold a drivers license, or even forcing women to wear a hood which only has a one eye instead of two, basically treating them as second class citizens, is completely against the Islamic religion and they should not be doing it. He often tells me that the <insert book name> (sorry I always get mixed up which is their holy book) states that women and men are on an equal footing. Often he condemns the country and its citizens.
I guess even islamics have there fundies.

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:02 am
by Willow
Short Reference for you...Holy books

Buddhism: Sutras (Lotus, mahayana) and Pali Canon
Christianity: Bible (with additional books if you are eastern orthodox or Catholic)
Hinduism: Shruti (vedas) and the Smritis (epics)
Islam: Qu'ran but they also draw from the hadith (sayings of the prophit) and stories of his life
Judaism: Tanakh which includes the Torah, the Nevi'im and the ketuvin

I can add more if people want, I have the list memorised for almost every religion in the world (yay comprehensive exams).

I have found that people within a religion often claim their scriptures are very liberating for women, there are feminists in all religious groups. However, if you read any holy book literally, they can all be considered very sexist. I like to think that some people use their brains and reliase that their books were written at a certain time period and aimed at a certain audience and therefore might not be applicable in today's world.

As for the witchcraft thing, that is also culturally contextual. Saudi Arabia is a bit of a scary place for me and I think witchcraft just gets used as a catch all by fundmentalist societies that don't quite get it.

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:21 pm
by Mahala
Of all the worst things, allowing fifteen school girls to DIE because they weren't wearing the 'proper clothing'?? And sentencing a woman to death? This world is going for one hell of a ride, whether it's America or some other country.

Is there a chance they just misconstrued what she 'confessed' to? Having sex with 'bad spirits' could mean a lot of things, and so could supernatural happenings.

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:43 pm
by yellowbirch
Ugg, that is insane. I couldn't even imagine living that way. When I try to imagine the history of life throughout time I find it to be very disturbing. Even now I sometimes find life to be too processed. I do always try to focus on the beauty of life as well. I am so thankful for nourishment in all the senses. Many blessings to life and those in need~

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:13 pm
by Lotus
I was watching something on PBS or the History Channel. Actually my SO was watching and I was reading in a corner.
The program was all about the Middle East and current history and how a very extreme and orthodox verison of Islam was being followed in Saudia Arabia. The current royal family promoted (and are members) of this extreme version of Islam. They used their money to make sure that this was with face of Islam in their country.
Too bad I did not pay good enough attention.

There is an Islamic Mosque in Toledo, Ohio and I was fortunate enough to visit. I got to talk to many of the members (mostly female) who told me that the extreme Islam is not what Islam should be. Very informative. Their choice to be covered was simply a choice on their part and was put into place to protect women.
This was several years ago.

BB
Lotus

Re: Woman sentanced to death for Witchcraft!

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:13 pm
by Mahala
I have a close friend who was born in Pakistan, and had moved here sometime 2003. She used to wear all that traditional stuff, facial coverings and everything, until she came to the US. Her parents now let her choose other clothing and I think she's a very nice girl, if not gorgeous! All of her friends still wear traditional clothing, so really, it's just like how American women choose to wear hats or gloves or not, but that's when they're in the US and it's not enforced that they wear all those coverings.