“If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death. (Lev 20:10 NLT)
File this under biblical literalism and just how far are you willing to go? Or maybe, ‘canon within a canon’, because believe it or not, Christians have a canon within a canon. We know that the Taliban makes a big deal about falling Islamic law which is similar, in vein, to Levitical precepts:
Horrific video footage has emerged of Taliban insurgents stoning a couple to death for alleged adultery in northern Afghanistan.
Hundreds of villagers can be seen on the video standing around as the woman, Siddqa, is buried up to her waist in a four foot hole in the ground.
Two mullahs pass sentence before the crowd begins to throw rocks at her head and body as she desperately tries to crawl free.
You might not want to watch that video…
Anyway, it got me to thinking about the dispersions we constantly cast upon Muslims, especially the conservative to the Fundamentalists. But, aren’t they simply taking their sacred text seriously? And, more importantly, aren’t they taking the text in Leviticus serious? Are they in fact more literal than we?