When in Rome, do as the Romans do

The Indonesian province of Aceh has approved a law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes, a lawmaker says.

After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the sprawling archipelago.

As part of that deal, Aceh won the right to be the only Indonesian province to use Islamic sharia law as its legal code. Anybody caught engaging in consensual gay sex will be punished with 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1000 grammes of gold, the law stated.

I didn’t realise Sharia law was so metric.

“The law also sets out punishment for sex crimes, unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, people caught found guilty of adultery and underage sex.

Indonesia recognises six religions, but the perception of a rising fundamentalist attitude in Aceh has alerted human rights groups and local businessmen worry it may scare away foreign investment.

“When Muslim or non-Muslim lives in Aceh, they must submit to the rules that have been set by the government of Aceh,” resident Mia Emsa said after the law was passed.

It’s a sure way to cause non-adherents to take flight, thereby creating an extreme Islamist enclave within the country, something they can only dream about in Birmingham and other places in Europe.  Mind you, give it time.

Religious police in Aceh have been known to target Muslim women without head scarves or those wearing tight clothes, and people drinking alcohol or gambling.

Religious police.

IS/ISIS/ISIL are a religious army.

Will World War III be the Crusades 2.0?  (or Crescent Moonades 1.0?)

 

– Reuters via Stuff


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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