Hundreds of years... or for those who check facts... 8 months ago.<quoted text>
We have not burned witches in several hundred years but they are still punishing Christians in Iran for just about anything.
And when was the last time you took a lash? Just ask that American kid who got caned in Singapore a few years back.
U.S. Student Tells of Pain Of His Caning In Singapore
Published: June 26, 1994
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The 19-year-old American who was caned in Singapore for vandalism said today that the bleeding it caused was "like a bloody nose."
The teen-ager, Michael P. Fay, said in an interview that the four strokes with a rattan cane on May 5 had left three dark-brown scars on his right buttock and four lines each about half-an-inch wide on his left buttock.
In his first description of the caning, Mr. Fay said that prison officials told him he shouted, "I'm dying," when the first stroke was delivered. He said he could not remember making the cry.
He said a prison officer stood beside him and guided him through the ordeal, saying: "O.K. Michael, three left. O.K., Michael, two left. O.K., one more; you're almost done."
The Government of Singapore has defended the punishment as a traditional part of the country's legal system. The caning strained Singapore's relations with the United States and has been seen as largely responsible for the United States' voting against holding the first summit meeting of the World Trade Organization in Singapore next year.
And that was just four strokes of a cane and not 80!
Last I checked, getting 4 cane strokes is not equivalent to burning a girl alive.
The christians in Iran knew damn well what would happen if they were caught with drugs or alcohol. They apparently were willing to take this risk. It did not pan out very well for them.
They aren't being punished for christianity. They are being punished for possession of alcohol.
What part of zero tolerance do you have a problem understanding?
80 lashes is very severe. But in a theocracy... fair doesn't exactly matter. Does it?
Speaking of fair... lets take a look at what would happen here.
3 young people found in possession of heroin.
Sentence... a combined 17 years plus probation. One guy got 12 of those years himself.
Would you trade 12 years for 80 lashes? I would... in a heart beat.