Long before the current turmoil in Iran, a woman was stoned by the members of her village for adultery that she did not commit. Such occurrences are common in the Islamic world today, but this one was documented by expatriate Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam and broadcast across the world in his book The Stoning of Soraya M. Now Jim Caviezel and other members of the crew behind The Passion of the Christ have turned the book into a movie by the same name.
At Politics Daily Carl M. Cannon provides more of the backstory of the film and expresses the outrage that many feel when confronted with such cruelty and injustice. But in the Wall Street Journal Andrew Klavan argues that cultural relativism keeps many Westerners from fighting against that injustice.
All too true, and it takes films like The Stoning of Soraya M. to challenge that relativism, to force people to ask whether the principles of justice run deeper than our will to power. The Stoning of Soraya M. opens this Friday in select theaters around the country. Check out the trailer below and, if you can, the film itself.