“There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
No fun, no joy — and don’t even get him started about romance.
“Afghan Taliban kill young woman, man for eloping,” by Amir Shah for AP, April 14 (thanks to all who sent this in):
KABUL (AP) “” Taliban gunmen used a firing squad to kill a young couple in southern Afghanistan for trying to elope, shooting them with rifles in front of a crowd in a lawless, militant-controlled region, officials said Tuesday.
The woman, 19, and the man, 21, were accused by the militants of immoral acts, and a council of conservative clerics decided that the two should be killed, said Ghulam Dastagir Azad, the governor of the southwestern province of Nimroz.
The two had fled their homes and hoped to travel to Iran, but their parents sent villagers to bring them home, said Sadiq Chakhansori, the chief of Nimroz’ provincial council. Once back home, the pair was either turned over to the Taliban by their parents or the militants came and took them by force, the officials said, providing slightly varying accounts.
Riflemen in the remote district of Khash Rod shot the man and woman with AK-47s Monday, said Chakhansori….
The conservative Taliban movement ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001 and put in place harsh social rules that forbade unmarried men and women to talk or meet in public. Women were not allowed out of their homes without a male relative, and girls couldn’t go to school….
News flash for AP: “conservatives” don’t generally kill young couples for eloping.