. The fact that the rapist is serving a 7 year jail sentence for the attack does not, in my mind, excuse the treatment of the victim.
I defended the right of complaint (not of murder!) of those Muslims offended by the publishing of the cartoons of Muhammed, I still think that was an unnecessary expression of "freedom" that was malicious in its intent, not aimed at achieving any goal other than the starting of controversy and exposing the target for what the publishers thought them to be. In which they achieved their aims admirably.
But I often find myself in a dilemma, I believe we should respect the freedom of others to believe in whatever they wish and act in any way that does not damage another person. But then I see something like that above and any respect that I might feel for the Islamic law/social values/belief or in the mindset of those people who accept those things goes straight out of the window - never to return.
That a woman who is raped can even be charged with adultery, forced or otherwise, is in no way a human (not "humanist", simply "human") mode of thought. That does leave it open for those people to claim I am correct, because it is their god's law and gods are not human. But that still leaves it an inhumane act.
Now she may be forced to marry her rapist to "legitimise" the child. I suspect that we might all agree that it does not take marriage or any kind of law to "legitimise" a human life, the mere existence of that life gives it the same fundamental value as every other human life.
I do not know why so many people from Muslim countries seem to have such a low level of respect for humanity, have beliefs or mindsets that enable them to have no compunction about killing tens or thousands of people, indiscriminately at times, or to consider that a if another does not believe in exactly
the same things as them then that person has no right to live. I accept that fighting, and killing, other people in "legitimate" wars is necessary. Should another nation attempt to overtake this country and impose their will on its people by force I would be amongst the first to ask for a rifle. Therefore I have to accept the right of a Muslim to defend his country and values in the same way - in a declared war with defined "sides".
But this one action against a young woman seems to have put the penultimate nail in the coffin of respect for Islam as it is interpreted and practised in most Islamic countries. I find it hard to drive in the final nail because I recognise that, despite the dichotomies about whether or not god exists and the origin of morality, Humanism shares some basic tenets with the major religions.