KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Conservative clerics and elders demanded Thursday that the Afghan government not interfere with a controversial death sentence handed down to a young journalist convicted of insulting Islam for distributing a report questioning polygamy.
Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, 23, was sentenced to death on Jan. 22 by a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for handing out a report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at Balkh University.
The article questioned why men can have four wives but women cannot have multiple husbands.
Kaambakhsh has appealed his conviction.
More than 100 tribal and religious leaders convened Wednesday in Gardez, the capital of the conservative eastern province of Paktia, and demanded that the government support the sentence.
"Kaambakhsh made the Afghan people very upset. It was against the clerics and Islam. He has humiliated Islam," Khaliq Daad, head of the Islamic council of Paktia, said Thursday. "We want the Afghan president to support the court's decision."
Further evidence of the bankruptcy of populist Islam. These religious leaders are following old tribal custom and pretending that it is Islamic. I really think Islam is better than this.
Alas, this will be what it'll be like in Huckleberry's America if he gets elected. It'll be my way or the highway, or maybe the stake. There is bankruptcy in American Christianity also. And I say this as a deacon in my church.
I read in a Psychology Today mag at my therapist's that societies where men can have multiple wives are better for women because it's the rich guys that can support them. So they get better lives as part of a team with a rich manager than if they were going with a guy who could only afford one wife. The downside, the article said, is that this leaves a lot of poor men with nothing to look forward to, romantically, so it becomes easier for them to be suicide bombers. Looking to enjoy those 72 virgins. (What is it with this virgin business? Best sex is with someone experienced, male or female, in my opinion).