Saturday, December 25, 2010

A blessed Christmas to you all

On this night of Christ's birth I wanted to post some audio from Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas operetta, Amahl and  the Night Visitors. It is an operetta concerning a blindingly poor mother, in the time of Christ, and her crippled child, and what transpires when the 3 Wise Men happen upon their door. They sing a song, Have you Seen a Child the Color of Wheat, the Color of Gold ... the Kings searching for a saviour prophesied to end suffering and the mother suffering for her child, here present.

Does it not tug at your heart and overflow with love.   A blessed Christmas to  you all.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

freed, not freed; flogged, sentenced to stoning then hanging then limbo: turns out husband sold Sakineh for sex

PRAY FOR Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.  Starting back in 2006, this is just a rolling nightmare.

First this woman is imprisoned for adultery and flogged some big number of lashes. Then she's sentenced to stoning for the adultery. Then she's charged with murder (sentence changes to hanging) and reportedly tortured to drag out a signed confession. Then more of see-saw of same, in response to international outcry. Then her son and lawyers are arrested and thrown into prison.

Then one day, a couple of weeks ago everyone celebrated what looked like her release ... only it wasn't a release.  Instead it was another reportedly "forced," confession of murder, this time held in her northern Iran home and videotaped for purpose of airing on Iranian state TV.

And now again she waits.

Emotional: Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani confessed to murdering her husband in a documentary shown in Iran earlier this month. Her lawyer said she had made the programme under duress