Friday, August 20, 2010

A Spinal Cord for a Spinal Cord?

"A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him, the brother of the victim said Thursday.
Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralyzed and subsequently lost a foot after a fight more than two years ago. He asked a judge in northwestern Tabuk province to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under Islamic law..." (source)

Now, as tempting as the eye for an eye theory might sound...when you read the entire article, you can't help but get a rather medieval feel... And there are no details. Does Sharia 'eye for an eye' still apply if it was self-defense? Or an accident? I mean, under Sharia a women can be stoned for rape...

And, if this were done in the U.S., we'd only be punishing ourselves. He'd then be disabled and unable to work so he'd go on welfare and get all the best parking spots...

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