The Upside Down World

Sunday, March 26, 2006

We need clear thinkers like this today

A writer named Mark Steyn has a column up on the Orange County Register about the case of a man being threatened with execution in Afghanistan for converting to Christianity. The whole thing is good, but I particularly appreciated this bit:
In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of "suttee" - the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Gen. Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:
"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks, and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."


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