In Iran, that benevolent and advanced Persian society that claims to follow the ways of Islam, nine people have been sentenced to death for adultery -- by stoning. Eight of them women, of course, since they treat the women so well in such lands.
Most of them were convicted and sentenced because a religious judge said so, and evidence was either scant or none at all. Your husband said you slept with another man? Somebody go collect the rocks. Inshallah.
Here's how it works: The woman is buried to her breasts in a pit and either her male relatives or the public at large, are invited to come round, pick up a rock -- not too small, no pebbles; not too large, nothing that would take you out with one or two hits -- and at a signal, the blood-thirsty throw until the victim is dead. Technically, if she somehow manages to dig herself free and escape, this is a sign that Allah considers her innocent, and she is supposed to be allowed in such cases to live. Seldom happens, and the last time, I believe the woman was shot by an overzealous guard. There is a redundant phrase.
So much for mercy.
Men have it a little easier in this regard -- they are only buried to the waist.
Capital punishment is a controversial subject. When I was a hippie, I was against it. There are some crimes, however, that, for me, make the cut, and in such cases, I support it. I won't detail them, but like a terrier knows a rat, I know them when I see them.
But being strapped to a gurney and given a lethal injection that first knocks you unconscious and then shuts you down? Not quite the same as being buried in a pit with the neighbors given leave to have at you with rocks, vis a vis quick and painless ways to go.
Lot of folks used to use this one, including the Jews, but it has fallen out of favor save in a few of the Middle Eastern countries. (Used to be quite popular; stoning was good for a plethora of crimes, including one who curses his father and mother, or somebody who happened to be touching Mount Sinai while God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments.( Long list, here.)
Careful where you lean there, pal. Moses is up the hill. God might decide to give him a few more, hey?
There is much evil done in the name of religion in this world. Put this one on my list. I cannot help but think that the Prophet Mohammad will be advising Allah to give a thumbs-down for anybody who chucked rocks and killed a woman raped by a neighbor.
If not, I don't know anybody who'd want to achieve that version of Paradise.
Jesus didn't much care for it, either. If we are all sinners, and only those without sin get to cast the first stone, that's gonna make it hard to get a good blood bath going.