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Opening Arguments

Effective alcohol control

This seems like a harsh approach to discouraging bad habits, though I sometimes wonder how close to it we will get on anti-smoking measures in this country:

A young Iranian man has been sentenced to hang for repeatedly drinking alcohol which is strictly banned in the Islamic republic, the Etemad newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, identified only as Mohsen, was handed down the death penalty by a criminal court after being found guilty of drinking alcohol for a fourth time, the daily said.

Talk about a tough three-strike law. Thank God (or somebody, or something) for our separation of church and state.


Fri, 02/08/2008 - 11:17am

I think the Indiana House of Representatives, as part of its official prayer service, should sing another round of "Take a Little Walk with Jesus" in honor of that strict separation.

tim zank
Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:51pm

Now Leo, there's nothing wrong with that, after all WE are the real terrorists. Think about it, what's worse? Hanging some guy for drinking or allowing a bunch of old guys to say a prayer before a legislative session??

We all know the prayer before the legislative session (that maybe 5 guys pay attention too) is a far more dangerous thing than randomly hanging people for breaking sharia law.

What were you thinking, you infidel??

Bob G.
Fri, 02/08/2008 - 2:15pm

I like the hanging gig....bet there's not all that many REPEAT offenders.

We can only speculate at what they do to child molesters, sex offenders, and rapists!

Maybe just a smidgen of "crime fitting the punishment" is what some of these perps need.

And it WOULD empty out all the prisons (for more convicts).

Islam republic?....hey wait...AMERICA is a REPUBLIC too!

"...And to the REPUBLIC...for which it stands"

Let's try it.
If other nations want to damn us, let them damn us for doing something GOOD for the innocent victims, and our law-abiding public.



Fri, 02/08/2008 - 2:18pm

It's not either/or, you know? It is possible to reject Sharia law *and* refrain from politically-motivated ostentatious displays of religion.

But, what do I know? I'm just a terrorist-loving America-hater. Mitt Romney says so. Hell, near as I can tell from listening to Eric Miller, I'm in favor of abolishing heterosexual marriages and forcing everyone into gay civil unions.