And no, I am not referring to the trial currently going on in Phoenix in which a father is accused of running down his own daughter because she had become too Westernized. Yes, the one to which they refer as an "honor killing." That trial is ongoing, and is also disturbing on a number of levels. That is what Sharia Law looks like.
So is this: the whipping, and subsequent death, of a 14 year old girl who had been raped by her 40 year old cousin, for ADULTERY, in Bangladesh. Yes, she was accused of adultery because her cousin was married. As the BBC reports, being lashed to death was the second "punishment" she received:
[snip]The family members of the married man also allegedly beat the girl up a day before the village court passed the sentence in the district of Shariatpur.
"Her family members said she was admitted to a hospital after the incident and she died six days later. The village elders also asked the girl's father to pay a fine of about 50,000 Taka (£430; $700)," district superintendent of police, AKM Shahidur Rahman, told the BBC.
He said it had not been established yet whether she died because of the punishment she received or another reason.
"We are still waiting for the post-mortem report. In the meantime, we are also looking for another 14 people including a teacher from a local madrassa in connection with this case," Mr Rahman said.
Activists say dozens of fatwas - or religious rulings - are issued under Sharia law each year by village clergy in Bangladesh. [snip]
In theory, Sharia Law has been outlawed in Bangladesh, and four people, including a cleric, have been arrested for this fatwa. That will not bring back Hena Begum, though:
"What sort of justice is this? My daughter has been beaten to death in the name of justice. If it had been a proper court then my daughter would not have died," Dorbesh Khan, the father of Hena Begum, told the BBC.
He said those responsible for the death should be punished.
A group of people held a rally on Wednesday in the town of Shariatpur in protest against those who gave the fatwa and demanded action against them.
This is the second reported fatality linked to a Sharia law punishment since the practice was outlawed last year by the High Court.
A 40-year-old woman in the district of Rajshahi died in December, days after she was publicly caned for allegedly having an affair with her stepson.
Nearly 90% of Bangladesh's estimated 160 million population are Muslims, most of whom practise a moderate version of Islam. (Click here to read the rest.)
Good for Bangladesh for outlawing this practice, though clearly, it is still being conducted in certain segments of the population.
So tell me again why a federal judge has put a halt to the ban of Sharia Law passed by the vast majority of voters in Oklahoma?
Or why the Oklahoma University Student Government would vote to condemn the ban on Shariah Law (no, I am not making this up)? Are these students really okay with women and girls being killed by their family members for an alleged infraction (apparently, it does not have to be proved)? Are they really okay with a "Harry Potter" actress, Afshan Azad, being beaten by her brother because she has a non-Muslim boyfriend? (Her brother got a six month sentence.) Are they really okay with hands being hacked off of thieves? Do they have the faintest clue what Sharia Law means? I would say, Hell No.
And the lack of logic employed by these students is disturbing in and of itself. One student said this:
[snip] Daitch, a Jewish student, said no one should be singled out in state law and that the ballot question easily could have singled out Jewish and Catholic teachings, as well as Islam.
"I hope that if my faith was under attack, someone would stand up for me," she said.
"What if the bill outlawed Jewish law? And technically the 10 Commandments are international law, and I don't think many Oklahomans would appreciate
knowing that they outlawed parts of their own faith." [snip]
This is not about the Muslim faith per se. It is about allowing one religious group to insert their own set of laws over and above the laws of the country in which they live. While the Ten Commandments may inform a number of our laws, I dare say if people started putting people to death in this country for wearing mixed fabrics, something clearly forbidden in Leviticus 19:19, these same students might be a tad concerned. Especially if any of them also eat pork, or shellfish, or any other of the numerous prohibitions in the Hebrew Scriptures that don't end well for the offenders. But people are not allowed to put to death someone who "spills their seed upon the ground" (Gen.38) because that would be allowing the laws of one particular faith to supercede the laws of the land. Hence the separation of church (or temple or synagogue) from state. It's kind of a foundational concept for our country. Just saying. (Just what the hell are they teaching at OU, anyway?)
Because we have been manipulated into thinking that if we say ANYTHING negative about Islam, we are Islamophobic, intolerant, racist, xenophobic, and on and on and on. I'm sorry, but I am just not okay with women or girls being murdered or beaten by their family members for some perceived infraction that has "dishonored" the men. I am not okay with it, and I do not understand these folks who are.
To extend blanket, uncritical, acceptance of any group in an effort to be "tolerant" is just wrong-headed. It is NOT okay to beat women, it is NOT okay to wage jihad, it is NOT okay to cut off limbs, it is not okay to cane, flog, or stone people. Any attempt to make this acceptable, under the guise of "political correctness," is deplorable.
This is what Sharia Law looks like, the flogging to death of a 14 year old girl. The murder of a daughter. The beating of a sister. This is what the Muslim Brotherhood wants to implement not just in Egypt, but around the world:
[snip] “God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations” — the Brotherhood since its founding has supported the use of armed struggle, or jihad. The Brotherhood supports the waging of jihad against non-Muslim “infidels,” and has expressed support for terrorism against Israel, whose legitimacy the Brotherhood does not recognize, and against the West, particularly the United States….[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
To defend this is not "politically correct." No. Rather, it is uninformed, uneducated, uncritical, idiotic parroting of a party line, the purpose of which is to hide the oppression of an entire segment of the population, and the radical intent to do harm. That isn't "politically correct," that is just stupid.
And we should name it as such. Don't take my word for it. Take it from someone who has lived under this practice:
Name it indeed. Call it what it is and stop doing the work for those who wish to wage jihad against us, or implement Sharia Law in Egypt, or in Europe, or in the States. Name it. Call it out. And do not let people get away with justifying these kinds of practices in the name of "tolerance." Call them out.