Prohibitions against 'cruel and unusual' punishment is part of a 'human rights package' that needs to apply to EVERYONE to have meaning. Not getting raped is in there, as is not getting beheaded. Sucks sometimes, as certain crimes, such as the neglect, exploitation or molestation of children are so heinous as to cry out for the harshest possible penalty.<quoted text>
It's too bad the US doesn't "rendition" our pedophiles to the Saudis....
Paedophile to be beheaded and crucified in Saudi Arabia for string of sex attacks where he left toddler to die in desert
A man in Saudi Arabia is to be beheaded and crucified after he raped five children and left one of them, a three-year-old boy, to die in the desert.
An appeal court in the capital Riyadh approved the death sentence handed down in June by judges in the northwestern oasis city of Hail where the convicted 22-year-old man carried out his crimes.
The rapist - who was not named - was arrested several weeks ago as he tried to seize another boy after offering him a ride home from school.
The seven-year-old - who escaped unharmed - helped identify the culprit.
The mans victims were aged between three and seven. He was said to have lured them into his car as they left school at midday and then drove them to remote desert locations to rape them.
An investigation was launched after a 25-year-old father reported that his three-year-old son was missing and that he suspected the kidnapper to be a male driver of a white four-wheel drive vehicle.
The infant was later found under a scorching sun in the desert where he had died of thirst.
A panel of three judges in Hail sentenced the rapist to death for abhorrent crimes which they said had terrorised the community.
Crucifixion in the conservative desert Kingdom means tying the convicts body to wooden beams to be displayed to the public after he is decapitated by a professional swordsman.
Saudi Arabia has executed 56 people this year under laws that allow the death penalty for rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
Some of us live in societies where life is actually 'worth living'. We try to reserve the 'ultimate penalty' for the 'ultimate crime' of taking someone's life. It's far from a perfect system, but it's the best Humanity has managed to come up with so far. I would not brag on a society where "apostasy" is given the same weight as murder.
There seem to be some practices (thighing) that we would consider rape and child abuse of the worst sort that is condoned by your religion. Some of our pedophiles would probably love it over there.