Thursday, February 18, 2010

Caned for Sugar in 'Moderate' Malaysia

The locals are shocked--shocked!--to see sharia punishments being carried out when sharia is the law of the land. From the WSJ:
Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that officials caned four Muslim men and, for the first time, three Muslim women this month after being found guilty of having sex out of wedlock.
The move to cane the women under the country's Islamic Shariah laws has raised fresh concerns about the growing political and judicial influence of Islam in what traditionally has been one of the world's more moderate Muslim nations.

The vibrant, resource-rich country came under intense international scrutiny last year after a Shariah court sentenced 32-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to be caned after she was caught drinking beer in a hotel bar. Many moderate Muslims and non-Muslim Malaysians saw that verdict as reflecting the growing reach of Islam in Malaysia over the past several years, although Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he won't let Malaysia drift toward becoming an Islamist state...
Drift, you say? Sorry to have to break it to you, Najib, but if sharia's calling the shots, the drifting's a fait accompli.

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