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Brunei Defends Stoning Gays, Says Sharia is for “Criminalizing and Deterring Acts Against the Teachings of Islam”

Brunei Defends Stoning Gays, Says Sharia is for “Criminalizing and Deterring Acts Against the Teachings of Islam”

MAR 31, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER36 COMMENTS

The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Muslim leaders in the U.S. constantly insist that Sharia is entirely benign and wholly compatible with American law and principles, and that only racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” think otherwise. Will any Hamas-linked CAIR spokesman, or any other Islamic spokesman in the U.S., explain how Brunei is misapplying Sharia? Islamic apologist and “Islamophobia” propagandist Reza Aslan and others have also repeatedly insisted that there are so very many versions and variations of Sharia that it cannot possibly be characterized at all. Will any of them be so kind as to produce a version of Sharia that does not teach that homosexual men should be executed?

None of that will happen. But the deceptions will continue to circulate, and to dominate the public discourse.

“Brunei defends tough new Islamic laws against growing backlash,” Reuters, March 30, 2019:

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Brunei has defended its right to implement Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality against growing global criticism.

Brunei, a Muslim-majority former British protectorate with a population of around 400,000, will implement the Sharia laws from April 3, punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with the death penalty, including by stoning, and theft with amputation.

The laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since then, will be fully implemented from next week, the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Saturday.

“The (Sharia) Law, apart from criminalizing and deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam, also aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of any faiths and race,” the statement said.

Some aspects of the laws will apply to non-Muslims….

“Stoning people to death for homosexuality or adultery is appalling and immoral,” former U.S. vice president Joe Biden said in a Twitter post on Friday. “There is no excuse – not culture, not tradition – for this kind of hate and inhumanity.”…

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