I'm infuriated to the point of apoplexy by a news report from Somalia.
A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery by Islamic militants, a human rights group said.
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Oct. 27 in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamic militia in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.
Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told Amnesty International she was 13. Some of the Somali journalists who first reported the killing later told Amnesty International that they had reported she was 23 based upon her physical appearance.
Calls to Somali government officials and the local administration in Kismayo rang unanswered Saturday.
"This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismayo," David Copeman, Amnesty International's Somalia campaigner, said in a statement Friday.
This outrage is beyond the understanding of any civilized person. If it were somehow possible to line up all those responsible (and all those who took part in the stoning) against a wall, and shoot them out of hand, I'm sorry to say that I wouldn't turn a hair. The blood of this murdered girl cries to Heaven for justice.
I'm sure many will blame Islam for this atrocity: but in reality, it has very little to do with Islam. This is the product of a male-dominated culture where chauvinism, insecurity and thuggery have ruled for untold generations. Islam has been 'inculturated' into this society, warped and twisted in ways that I'm sure were undreamed of by its original adherents. These murderers are in the same league as allegedly 'Christian' terrorists like the Provisional Irish Republican Army (predominantly Catholic) or the Ulster Volunteer Force (predominantly Protestant) in Northern Ireland, or Christian fundamentalists who preach racially-biased doctrines (for example, the Creativity Movement, formerly known as the World Church of the Creator, a White supremacist organization; or, in the Black community, the Trinity United Church of Christ, famous for Rev. Jeremiah Wright's call for God to damn America). Any sort of religious fanaticism, along nationalist, sectarian, racial, sexual or any other lines, in any system of belief, is equally dangerous.
I can't pray for God to damn the perpetrators of this murder to Hell, because as a matter of principle, I won't pray that way about anybody: but if He were to drop an Almighty great thunderbolt into their midst on the earliest possible occasion, I'd be very grateful.