We have long discussed the abusive Sharia system and its use to impose medieval justice on whole populations in the name of Islamic justice. The latest outrage comes out of our close ally, Indonesia. Videotapes this week show a woman screaming in pain as she was flogged for merely being seen with a male who was not a family member. Others were flogged for premarital sex or gambling or drinking alcohol in the barbaric public spectacle in Banda Aceh.
The 34-year-old woman simply spent time with a man in public and was given seven lashes. The man was also flogged.
The disgusting display is viewed as a testament to Islamic values and justice — as cleric watched approvingly.
I have long opposed the view of Sharia law as a form of law as opposed to religious dogma enforced through brutal public displays. These displays are designed to terrify citizens into adhering to Islamic beliefs regardless of their personal religious or social views.