Dog Sentenced to Stoning

Well, this is just odd. It seems that a dog wandered into the Monetary Affairs Court in Jerusalem, in an orthodox area called Mea Shearim. Hilarity ensued (well, it’s pretty terrible, actually):

One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.

Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer’s spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.

Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children.

Keep in mind, these are not street peasants, there are judges and lawyers: educated people. But, nothing in the education they received, totally infused and with religious concepts, helped them to lose these primitive beliefs. Beliefs such as this aren’t common in Judaism, and probably not even in Orthodox Judaism, but the critical thinking skills that one needs to get past simple superstition are just not present anywhere in the Bible, OT or NT. A strictly religious education isn’t helping these people any, and why would think it would is beyond me.

At least the dog escaped.

YNet Article

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