Tuesday, June 07, 2005

People Who Do This Are Animals! Will The Corporations Save Us?

Take note all you "tolerant" people, from the Center for Religious Freedom:

Radical Islam's Rules shows that in the countries surveyed, state imposition of extreme Shari’a is characterized by:

* a lack of due process, stemming from vague and haphazard laws, untrained judges, and extrajudicial enforcement;
* cruel and unusual punishments, such as amputation, the removal of eyes, stoning, and crucifixion;
* the denial of equal rights under law to women, who are reduced to second-class status in marriage, divorce, and inheritance, and are denied full civil and political rights, equal education and employment opportunities, and equal treatment under the law. Rape and other forms of sexual exploitation often go unpunished due to rules of evidence that give women’s legal testimony less weight than men's;
* the denial of equal rights under law to non-Muslims, making them second class citizens and worse, nonpersons without legal protection, sometimes even from extra judicial killing. Non-Muslims are denied full civil and political rights, particularly regarding religious freedom, and are discriminated against in state education and employment and under rules of evidence;
* the state enforcement of blasphemy or apostasy laws that can carry the death penalty against Muslims who are not part of the dominant group, who dissent from the state-imposed version of Islam, or who criticize the government's policies;
* weak or non-existent democratically elected legislatures, whose power is negated by un-elected religious authorities officially responsible for voiding laws that they deem to be inconsistent with Shari’a;
* and denial of religious freedom to individuals, particularly those who are Muslim, through blasphemy and apostasy laws that punish dissent and debate.

Despite its threat to democracy and American interests, the state use of extreme Shari’a is little understood by American policymakers. With the Middle East now experiencing democratic ferment, understanding the relation of religion and law is more urgent than ever. The book proposes policy incentives for governments to find alternatives to extreme Shari’a.

Radical Islam's Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Shari'a Law (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), 226 pp., $27.95.

Editor Paul Marshall is Senior Fellow at Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom and the best selling and award winning author and editor of twenty books on religion and politics. His has contributed to the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, and many other publications. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, and Malay. Contributors include Stephen Schwartz, Mehrangis Kar, Hamouda Bella, Maarten Barends, Peter Riddell, Nina Shea, and a study group of the Rand Corporation."

This is some sick stuff. For more on this, keep an eye on Dhimmi Watch, stay tuned, spread the word.

Capitalism will not let this totally take over the world I believe, but it's still gonna be a mess.

The sane can, will and must beat the insane.