Calibrating Islam

This data point quantifies the backwardness of Islam and its supporters.

A leading human rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Thursday to stop the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing supernatural acts.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the kingdom’s religious police who arrested and interrogated Fawza Falih, and the judges who tried her in the northern town of Quraiyat never gave her the opportunity to prove her innocence in the face of “absurd charges that have no basis in law.”

Witchcraft is considered an offense against Islam in the conservative kingdom.

Whereas in England:

The last execution for witchcraft in England took place in 1716, when Mary Hicks and her daughter Elizabeth were hanged.

Jane Wenham was among the last subjects of a typical witch trial in England in 1712, but was pardoned after her conviction and set free.

The Witchcraft Act of 1734 saw the end of the traditional form of witchcraft as a legal offence in Britain, those accused under the new act were restricted to people who falsely pretended to be able to procure spirits, generally being the most dubious professional fortune tellers and mediums, and punishment was light.

On the barbarism front, Saudi Arabia is in the middle of the Islamic pack, so poor Fawza Falih shows that benighted religion to be 292 years behind the UK.

Brits now know where their Archbishop of Canterbury wants to take them.

Back to 1716.

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