All those who clamour for shariah law should be careful what they wish for.
Brunei is planning toÂ return to the medieval modes of shariah law, with vicious punishments for extramarital sex and anti-Muslim defamation. It applies to every one in Brunei, not just to the muslim population.
Remember when we all thought historical events would push us toward greater rationality, moderation, and liberalism?
Well, on Tuesday, April 22, the tiny sultanate of Brunei planned to put into effect a new penal code that provides âstoning to deathâ as the penalty for rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations (for Muslims), defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, insulting any verses of the Koran and Hadith, blasphemy, and declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim.
Oh, and robbery and murder. (Late Monday night Brunei delayed the implementation of the code, but an official said the punishments would begin âin the very near future.â) Â Â Read more »