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It is politically correct to say that the US respects all religions as though they were all equal. This is absurd. They all hold different tenets, so either all are wrong or at most one is right. My own position is that Christianity is the least wrong. Islam has merits, but also some inexcusable flaws, as is evident in "Rape victim sits on Death Row. Islamic law punishes Pakistani woman but not her male attacker" (New York Times, 5/17/02). The poor woman, the victim of rape, is to be stoned to death under Islamic law. Islam professes great respect for Jesus Christ, but has forgotten Christ's courage in confronting those about about to stone a woman to death: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her". This was in reply to the statement: "Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned". When did Orthodox Judaism renounce stoning? In any case, the Pakistani woman had been raped, so it is the victim who is to be punished. Quite apart from what Jesus would think of this, is there no common decency in Islam? What Islamic voices of protest have been raised? There are a few in Pakistan, like Rukhshanda Naz and other members of the women's rights group Aurat.

Ronald Hilton - 5/18/02