October 24, 2010

Movie Monday: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Yes, you read that right.

This weekend I watched a movie I had been putting off for months. I was both intrigued and intimidated, as it had come out - almost straight to DVD - 2 years ago and been supported by people I know and trust.

"Voices of women don't matter in the end...."

This is a true story that took place in early 1980s Iran. A woman named Soraya was stoned by her community because her husband wanted a new wife (a 14-year-old girl, btw), and persuaded the leaders of the village to support his false accusations of adultery. Even though they all knew it was a plot, a lie to allow him a new child-bride, they went along, because it is allowed in the Koran and that's the way things are done in that culture.

Do you know how they stone women? They don't chase them around the village chunking pebbles at them. They bury them in a hole up to their waists, hands tied behind their backs so they can still see and breathe but can't block the rocks and bricks the men in the village - even the boys - take turns lobbing at their heads, which they are coerced to do by religious leaders who tell them that each rock they throw will give them "honor." (Hence the term, Honor Killing). The end result is not clean or pretty, and death is not quick. It is designed to be humiliating and torturous.

Of course, someone will come along and say, "Oh, yes, some Muslims are extreme, but Islam is really a beautiful religion of peace, and some fanatics hijack it from time to time in isolated areas." No, it is not. Islam is not beautiful. It is not peaceful. These are not extremists or fanatics. This is a world-wide phenomenon, not limited to a few small villages, or even one country, or even just in the Middle East. Spousal abuse and honor killings abound in Europe and have even been found to take place in America. Recently, a judge in New Jersey ruled that a Muslim man could not be tried for abusing his wife because it is allowed under Sharia law, Islamic law.

Islam has never been peaceful, beautiful or anything but a violent, misogynistic religion. Unless we realize that, we will never begin to understand why that culture wants to destroy ours.

If you think you can handle the intensity of it, you should watch this movie. (It's on Netflix.) Also, I highly recommend getting the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades and They Poured Fire on Us From The Sky. They have a lot of historical and theological detail about Islam that is not often discuss by mainstream outlets.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. That's all I can say.

    I read some of the articles you linked to. I can't believe that NJ judge ruled in favor of that man!!! I'm outraged! What the crap happened to separation of church and state?!

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  2. I love and admire the way you are so fearless and bold when you talk about things that are controversial. I completely agree with you and it blows my mind the things that people get away with. This is so incredibly sad.

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  3. I studied Islam and it's amazing how a religion could be so violent. I can understand why you would want to avoid that movie and I knew someone who came from a Muslim family and I felt so bad for her because she was treated so poorly.

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  4. That is a sick, sadistic and cowardly culture.

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  5. Oh my gosh that is just awful. How disgusting.

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  6. WOW! I have never heard of this one before, definitely going to add it to my "to~watch" list!

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  7. I've never heard of this film. I can't believe I hadn't, it sounds really good. I'll have to find it!

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  8. I am so happy to have found you blog and so happy to see someone that hasn't been so brainwashed by political correctness and can see the lies of Islam. This was one of the most brutal movies I have ever seen. I cried at the horror of what happened to this woman and what continues to happen in the name of Islam. If you haven't you should go to see the documentary on thethirdjihad.com that talks about what is happening all over the world right now because people will not open their eyes to Sharia. I am happy I found your blog!

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  9. You make me so happy =0)
    I have an award for you over on my blog!!
    http://briansgirl1999.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-101-award.html

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  10. Just read this...very well said. I had a big twitter bant about O'Reilly's comments on the view and how ridiculous those women are. Maybe they will watch this movie and feel a little different about how strongly they defend the Muslim religion. Thanks for posting!

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