Did you hear about how a sharia court punished a nine-year-old girl for being raped by her stepfather? That could never happen in a civilized religion. Or could it?

In some Islamic cultures, a woman who is raped &#8212 even a helpless little girl &#8212 can be punished for it, sometimes with death. That just shows how different Islam is from civilized religions.

[h/t Steve Benen at Political Animal]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: