Jerusalem rabbis condemn dog to death by stoning

But we should respect people for their "sincerely held religious convictions"...

A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out.

One of the judges at the court in the city's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.

An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog's stoning, according to Ynet.

But a court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as "as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit which entered the poor dog", according to Ynet.

Dogs are often considered impure animals in traditional Judaism.

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Comment by Robin on June 19, 2011 at 12:04pm
Someone should stone them!!!
Comment by Gabriele Vaitkeviciute on June 19, 2011 at 12:08pm
I've read this story yesterday and the stupidity of those judges shocked me. How dumb and incapable of compassion one must be to act this way??? And they will probably just get away with it...
Comment by Ken Terrill on June 19, 2011 at 1:07pm
Another good laugh at the expense of rel-idiots.
Comment by Sarah on June 19, 2011 at 1:36pm
They are idiots, but it didn't really happen. They had no proof that any such thing happened, it was only a rumor.
I wouldn't be surprised though if it did happen.
Comment by AntiChristianLeague on June 19, 2011 at 2:30pm
Lets hope somebody stones them for being the incarnations of imbeciles.
Comment by Dale Headley on June 19, 2011 at 6:24pm
Having just replied to the post on reincarnation, this is a great example of the destructive and demeaning power of religion.
Comment by Steve on June 19, 2011 at 7:30pm
Maybe it's indeed fake. But the sad thing is that - aside from Jews generally not being into witchcraft and reincarnation - I have absolutely no trouble believing it. That's how many screwed up stories about religion I've read.
Comment by Seth Jon Nonnemaker on June 26, 2011 at 3:39pm
This is pretty ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as a news article I read about some guy (a religious guy, go figure) trying to get a petition going supporting his suggestion the "hell" should be taken out of the word "hello" and replaced with "heaven". Hahaha really?!


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