A new report by Amnesty International reveals in chilling detail how an al-Qaeda affiliate took control of Yemen Abyan province and unleashed a “human rights catastrophe” of Sharia-based “justice” from beheadings, crucifixions, and amputations. In one case, a woman accused of sorcery (a charge we have seen in other Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia) was beheaded and her head then paraded through the streets of a town.
As soon as they took control, the Islamists set up their own Sharia courts and started to impose Islamically correct justice under their own twisted view of divine justice. In another video, a young man’s hand is cut off for theft (a punishment imposed also in countries like Saudi Arabia). After his hand is cut off (after he is beaten for days), one spectator grabs it and waved it around screaming “God is Great.”
The truly grotesque punishment and enjoyment shown in these killings shows how religious extremism leads easily to atrocities. What would be viewed as serial murder and torture can be legitimated in the name of God. It also reflects a view that God actually embodies the lowest common denominator of our society — demanding the savage beheadings, amputations, and flogging so enjoyed by these extremists.