Muslim Enlightenment

A poll of Muslims living in Britain say 40% want sharia law. Sharia institutionalizes the oppression and brutalization of girls and women, and – as all the world now knows – denies freedom of speech. That’s going to be a tough sell to the Brits, but it’s worth polling them.

Forty per cent of the British Muslims surveyed said they backed introducing sharia in parts of Britain, while 41 per cent opposed it. Twenty per cent felt sympathy with the July 7 bombers’ motives, and 75 per cent did not.

Half of the 500 people surveyed said relations between white Britons and Muslims were getting worse.

That’s a surprise! Anyway here’s Wikipedia’s current consensus on Sharia – it’s the kindest one I could find and makes no mention of Muslim victimization of gays (my ellipsis and emphasis):

The role of women under Sharia
Islam does not prohibit women from working, but emphasizes the importance of housekeeping and caring for the families of both parents.

In addition, women are generally not allowed to be clergy or religious scholars. Many interpretations of Islamic law hold that women may not have prominent jobs, and thus are forbidden from working in the government.

A Muslim man may marry a (Jewish or Christian) woman; traditionally, however, Islamic law forbids a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man.

Dress code
The Qur’an also places a dress code upon its followers. For women, it emphasizes modesty. Allah says in the Qur’an, “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not to display their adornment (interpreted as the hair and body-shape) except that which ordinarily appears thereof (interpreted as the face and hands) and to draw their headcovers over their chests and not to display their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands fathers, their sons, . . . .”

Female circumcision is not part of mainstream Islam on an international scale, but is performed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike across East Africa and the Nile Valley, as well as parts of the Arabian peninsula and Southeast Asia.

The Egyptian-born president of the ‘European Council on Fatwa and Research’…emphasises that this is not a religious obligation, but expresses his personal(?) preference for removal of the prepuce of the clitoris, called clitoridotomy.

Domestic justice
According to most interpretations, authorization for the husband to physically beat disobedient wives is given in the Qur’an. First, admonishment is verbal, and secondly a period of refraining from intimate relations. Finally, if the husband deems the situation appropriate, he may hit her.

…punishments are authorized by other passages in the Quran and Hadiths for certain crimes (e.g., extramarital sex, adultery).

Sahi Muslim No. 4206: “A woman came to the prophet and asked for purification by seeking punishment. He told her to go away and seek God’s forgiveness. She persisted four times and admitted she was pregnant. He told her to wait until she had given birth. Then he said that the Muslim community should wait until she had weaned her child. When the day arrived for the child to take solid food, Muhammad handed the child over to the community. And when he had given command over her and she was put in a hole up to her breast, he ordered the people to stone her. Khalid b. al-Walid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head, and when the blood spurted on her face he cursed her.”

Many Islamic leaders and scholars condemn the practice of honor killing that some critics argue, and strongly deny that it is based on religious doctrine. Indeed honor killings themselves are not prescribed by the religious doctrine of Sharia.

Muslim apostates
In some (but not all) interpretations of an Islamic state, conversion by Muslims to other religions is forbidden and is termed apostasy. In Muslim theology, apostasy resembles the crime of treason, the betrayal of one’s own country.

Freedom of Speech
… Sharia law in its most vigorous interpretations does not allow freedom of speech on such matters as criticism of the prophet Muhammad.

I can’t see Brits buying into these behaviors, even if “liberally” interpreted and restricted to Muslim ghettos.

But let’s ask them! Phrasing the questions will be fun, for example:

Do you believe that husbands should punish rebellious wives:
a) Verbally
b) By withholding sex
c) By beatings that leave no marks
d) By beatings that leave marks (nobody’s going to see them!)
e) All of the above.

Do you believe homosexuals should be executed:
a) By being thrown from high places
b) By being crushed by a collapsing wall.
c) By stoning
d) By hanging.
e) All of the above

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