Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tough job - and I can't even order that SOMEBODY'S got to do it!

For some unexplained reason, the death penalty was not invoked:
Associated Press Writer= KABUL (AP) An appeals court in Afghanistan upheld 20-year prison sentences Sunday for two men who published a translation of the Quran that drove religious leaders to call for their execution.

Nobody had any beef with the way the translation was done....translating at all was the crime. After all, if god had meant it to be in anything but Arabic, he could have translated it himself.

HT Language Log, which comments "Lucky for Zalmai and Ahmad that Afghanistan now has a democratic government controlled by moderate Muslims rather than the Taliban and other members of the tiny minority of intolerant extremists, hunh?"

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