What do you do when a child steals?
I have mentioned before, I am the parent of a wonderful child. Due to the grace of God, my family has never been in a position of severe want. Yes, we have (like everyone else) hit some rough spots, but never to the extent of needing to steal for food. That leads us to this...
I was sent a link to this website today. It purportedly shows what happened to an 8 year old boy that was caught stealing a loaf of bread in Iran. Now, if I had been the one to catch the child, I would have probably would have given the child the bread. Seeing anyone that hungry would drive me to act to alleviate that hunger. However, in the world of Sha'ria law, the proper punishment for thievery is to cut off a hand. Given what I saw in those pictures today, I can't decide which would have been more humane....cutting off a child's hand or running over his arm with a JEEP!
Now a commenter to the site in question did state that he was Iranian and that he had seen that on a TV report before and that the child was not being "punished" per se, the adults were making money off of the child doing that!!! The treatment that child received was barbaric and if it was something that was called for by a "religion" then that religion is barbaric. If it was being done to make money off of that child it is even more barbaric and the adults involved should be punished. Sadly, I feel that will not happen.
How a society treats it's most vulnerable, the elderly and the children, says a lot about them and this speaks volumnes about Iran. If the rest of the Middle East is like this (and I know people who have been there and they say that it is) then it just solidifies all the more in my mind, the need for regime change through out the entire region.