The Sultan of Brunei is implementing a version of Sharia that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery – this includes sex between gays and it takes effect April 22nd..
How do liberals feel about this? Certainly there will be widespread coverage of this in the mainstream press.
Hat Tip Daily Mail and Hla Oo’s Blog:
Brunei’s Sultan Bolkiah – The playboy-ruler with a large well-stocked harem and one of the richest men on the planet the Sultan of Brunei hits back at foreign criticism of looming implementation of Sharia law that will introduce amputations and stonings as punishments.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said all races should unite under Sharia law. He said introduction is ‘a great achievement and not a backward step’. Harsh penalties include stoning for adultery and amputation for theft. Punishments can be applied to non-Muslim residents of Brunei.
The sultan of Brunei has rejected foreign criticism of the countty’s impending introduction of a form of strict Islamic Sharia law, saying it is not a backwards step. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said all races should unite under Sharia law and that the new penal code was a ‘great achievement’ for the small Southeast Asian nation.
Starting in April, Brunei will begin implementing a version of Sharia that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.
Brunei’s Sharia Law’s Strict procedure for stoning to death a condemned female:
(woman or girl or gay).
(Source of graph: Adam McDowell & Richard Johnson / National PO)
Public criticism of the government is extremely rare in the country, but some citizens have turned to the Internet to express alarm at the law. Around one-third of Brunei’s 440,000 people are non-Muslims, mostly Christian or Buddhist Chinese.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah told legislators Thursday that all races should unite and support the laws, which he said were a ‘great achievement for the country, and not a backward or old-fashioned step.’
The Sultan of Brunei has announced that those committing same sex relations could be stoned to death. The draconian law has brought condemnation from the UN, with the tiny Asian oil rich nation having a virtual moratorium on the death penalty since 1957.
Homosexuality has long been a criminal offence in Brunei, which is situated on the island of Borneo, with a penalty of 10 years in prison previously handed out for the offence. However, stoning is now set to be allowed for a range of sexual offences, such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations. The law is planned to come into force on April 22.
… I guess some Muslim brothas haven’t quite evolved on the issue just yet..