You might have a problem today. Maybe your kid didn't sleep lastnight from the fireworks, or you weren't ready to go back after the long Canada Day weekend or you're dreading going back tomorrow after the long Independence Day weekend. Or you've been cooped inside with the heat and your kids have been fighting with each other.
Maybe you even have real problems, like your marriage is falling apart or you aren't exactly sure how you'll pay your rent next month or someone you love is sick.
But you don't live in Iran and you're not a mom of two who's about to be stoned to death.
Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 42-year-old mom of two in Iran, was arrested and convicted of adultery in 2006. At any minute they are going to bury her in a pit up to her chest and then stone her to death. They are going to use small stones, so they hurt and draw the process out as long as possible.
You can read the whole story here at CNN.com.
I don't know Ashtiani, and I certainly don't know what really happened, but I do know that death, especially a super-painful death, is not an appropriate punishment for adultery. And I know that in Iran it is not uncommon for men who want a divorce to turn their wives in for adultery. I also know that Ashtiani didn't understand or speak the language her court proceedings and trial were conducted in. And her "confession" to the adultery came after she suffered 99 lashes of a whip, and that she later said it was coerced.
What. The. Fuck?
The only way the Iranian authorities will stop this and not stone her to death is if the world calls them out. You can help.
1. Contact your elected officials and call their office. Give the person who answers your name and address and phone number and say "I'm asking [official's name] to condemn the Iranian government for its plan to stone to death a mother of two,Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani." To find your elected officials in the US, go to http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml. In Canada go to http://canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html. Could readers from other countries post the links to find contact info for your government officials in the comments, please?
2. Pass it on. Link to this post and the story on any news outlets you can find. Post it on Twitter and Facebook, and email it to your friends and coworkers.
3. If you're on Twitter, tweet to the United Nations and ask them why they aren't stepping in to help. "@UN When will you intercede on behalf of #Ashtiani? http://bit.ly/bCeWGe" is all you need. (That links to a post by Jessica Gottlieb about the stoning.)
Thank you. Hug your kids the next time you see them. And I hope your day gets better.