Monday, August 23, 2010

While we discuss the Ground Zero mosque . . .

A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him, the brother of the victim said Thursday.

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralyzed and subsequently lost a foot after a fight more than two years ago. He asked a judge in northwestern Tabuk province to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under Islamic law, his brother Khaled al-Mutairi said in a telephone interview.

It would probably help their cause if the development group behind the Ground Zero mosque were to come out and condemn this type of fundamentalist radicalism.

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