While a female professor at Boston University deflects and defends the sharia, via Hollywood’s snub of Brunei-owned hotels over sharia law: Will it backfire? (+video) – CSMonitor.com.
As Hollywood celebrities join protests against the imposition of sharia criminal law in the tiny nation of Brunei, scholars and activists alike hope that this becomes more than just another “selfie” moment for high-profile glitterati.
Jay and Mavis Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Maria Shriver, and Sharon Osborne, among others, are part of a parade of sponsors and hosts who are canceling their event reservations at the Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in protest. The Beverly Hills City Council even scheduled a vote Tuesday night on a resolution condemning criminal punishments such as flogging, stoning, and severing of limbs.
But as famous folks voice their disapproval outside the legendary hotel on Sunset Boulevard, with national media and local reporters swarming for quotes, the question inevitably arises: Just how effective is all this big-name activism?
Without understanding of the motives behind the sultan’s move, the protest movement could actually be counterproductive, says Kecia Ali, associate professor of religion at Boston University.
“Keep in mind that if the purpose of this law is to bolster his credibility [at home] by surrounding himself with the aura of religious legitimacy, then doing it in the face of Western outrage,” particularly from Hollywood figures often perceived as the epitome of Western decadence, is only going to help confirm that he is doing the right thing, she says.
Indeed, in announcing the decree, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – one of the world’s wealthiest men, with an estimated $20 billion fortune – called his measures a “firewall” against globalization.”
The initial phase, which began May 1, brings fines or jail for indecent behavior, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and failure to attend Friday prayers.
The next phase, for such crimes as theft and robbery, is to come later this year and will involve tougher penalties, such as the severing of limbs and flogging.
In 2015, punishments such as stoning for sodomy and adultery will be introduced. In explaining his decision, the sultan added that the move is “a must” under Islam.
While the West recoils against such announcements, Professor Ali says there is, in fact, no single fixed body of Islamic justice called sharia law.
“Sharia is a term that gets tossed around a lot,” she says, noting that it does have a basic meaning that has to do with
God’s [Allah’s] revealed law for humanity. “But that is a very big theoretical construct,” says Ali, adding that in 1,400 years of Muslim history, it has never been identified with a finite body of specific laws incumbent on a government to implement.
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On our blogroll and in pdf here. But, reality aside, the story continues.
In fact, the oil-rich nation has long had sharia-compliant codes governing institutions such as marriage and inheritance law.
“It’s a return to medieval punishment,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, told Agence France Presse last week. “It’s a huge step back for human rights in Brunei and totally out of step with the 21st century.”
Los Angeles residents whose events are being moved from the historic pink Beverly Hills Hotel say they agree with the decision. “I’m proud of the organization,” says Nathalie Miller, director of admissions for Berkeley Hall School, a private elementary school in Bel Air. The school is a member of the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, which pulled Tuesday evening’s awards gala. The event will proceed at the nearby Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire.
But whether such moves will have any real effect is doubtful, says Catherine Warrick, a political scientist at Villanova University in Philadelphia. “It’s unlikely that the sultan would change course on his legal plans in response to Western activism.”
Too bad liberals have been defending Islam and sharia law in the U.S. since 9/11. Or as Robert Spencer writes:
These stars who have never said a word about Sharia oppression of human rights, who wouldn’t dare make a movie dramatizing the oppression of women and gays under Sharia, and who aided and abetted the stigmatization of opposition to Sharia as “hatred” and “bigotry” have now all come down with a case of “Islamophobia”? Will they now come out for anti-Sharia laws and make wry, charming public service messages calling upon Americans to support them? Will they be drummed out of the trendy Left by their pro-Sharia peers, or is that trendy Leftist/Islamic alliance now crumbling?
I expect that neither will happen; rather, in a week they will all go back to the Beverly Hills Hotel, with all forgotten and forgiven, just as the stonings and amputations in Brunei begin to increase in frequency.
Meanwhile… Florida Democrats Just Voted To Impose Sharia Law On Women
Sharia in America… Florida – Wake-Up!
Dr. Kevin “Coah” Collins – Western Journalism:
Florida Democrats have declared war on women; but fortunately, their attack on our freedoms was turned back by Republicans who represented America and voted against them.
Anyone who isn’t certain that Democrats are devoted to destroying America need only take a look at their despicable conduct in the Florida Senate. In a vote that never should have had to be taken, every single Democrat voted to force Sharia Law on the people of Florida. By doing so, they placed women and children in very real danger. The vote was 24 votes for America and 14 votes for al Qaeda and the Taliban cast by loathsome Democrats. They voted to deny Americans the Constitutional protections generations of American men and women fought for and died to protect. Democrats have revealed their desire to force Americans to live as slaves to a third world, foreign “justice system.”
Since the liars in the Democrat–controlled media won’t describe what these quislings have tried to force on Americans, here is an outline of the horrors of Sharia Law.
There would be no freedom of religion because Sharia supports only Islam.
There would be no freedom of speech.
There would be no protection for homosexuals, Christians, or anyone else Islamists don’t like.
Rape victims would be executed, and those who were not executed by the state would legally be murdered by their families as “honor killings.”
Women would not be allowed to vote, drive, go to college, or show their faces in public. Little girls as young as 8 years old would be forced to “marry” men three and four times their age. Many would die when these beasts forced themselves on their “brides.”
Women would not be allowed to be treated by male doctors they were not related to.
Stoning as a form of execution would be sanctioned for women caught in adultery. Women would be forced to wear burkas in public.
There would be no pig farms or dogs, and public schools would be forbidden from serving anything but Halal–style food.
Alcoholic beverages would be forbidden, and cab drivers who suspect a passenger is carrying alcoholic beverages (or Christian or Hebrew bibles) could refuse them service.
Democrats voted to force this on American citizens. If they had the necessary numbers in the Florida legislature, Sharia Law in all its barbarity would be used in Florida courts. Democrats tried this. Keep this in mind next fall.