This isn’t punishment, it’s reinforcement. Whatever the Quran says about Mary, that isn’t all it says. It also says to make war against and subjugate unbelievers (9:29), to strike terror into their hearts (3:151, 8:60), that Jews and Christians are under a divine curse (9:30), to beat disobedient women (4:34), etc. To sentence these budding jihadis to read the Quran is only to ensure that they will stay on the path they’re on, and not grow in respect for unbelievers, but only increase in hatred and contempt for them.
But in Lebanon, which is increasingly under control of Muslim groups, it was unlikely that these boys would get justice anyway. Other courts might have given them money and celebrated them as heroes.
“Teenagers who desecrated a statue of Our Lady required to learn the Qurʾān as punishment,” Asia News, February 12, 2018:
Beirut (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A Lebanese court has sentenced two teenagers to the study of the Qurʾān in order to learn what the sacred text says about Our Lady.
Judge Jocelyne Matta convicted two young Muslims, aged 17 and 18, for desecrating a statue of the Virgin in their village, Akkar district, northern Lebanon.
Ten days ago, the duo went inside a church in their predominantly Christian village, where they threw the statue to the ground, kiss it and carried out lewd acts. The two recorded their stunt, and posted it on WhatsApp.
Alerted, the police eventually took them into custody and brought them before a prosecutor, who turned them over to a magistrate.
Faced with the case, the judge cited a surah (a chapter in the Qurʾān), ‘The family of Imran’, in which Mary is defined as one of God’s purest creatures. She ruled that the two teenagers had to read, learn, and recite the verses in question.
The accused were later seen in the courthouse in Tripoli trying to learn the sacred passages in front of juvenile officers under close police watch. After purging their “sentence”, they expressed their remorse to the magistrate.
This is the first time that a Lebanese judge issued a “pedagogical” ruling rather than impose a prison sentence, taking advantage of article 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which authorises examining magistrates to replace a custodial sentence with a commensurate one.
The decision was welcomed in various political and religious circles. Prime Minister Saad Hariri described the ruling on twitter as “a summit in justice and teaching common concepts between Muslims and Christians”….
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