2.2.11

Sharia is fine. No big deal, right?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12344959
Four people including a Muslim cleric have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of 14-year-old girl who was publicly lashed.
The teenager was accused of having an affair with a married man, police say, and the punishment was given under Islamic Sharia law.
1. Any person who wants to leave a religion must be free to do so - anything else is a serious problem with religious freedom. I don't tell you that you have to be an atheist, and I expect you to not tell me that I have to think like you, and once someone doesn't want to go to church/the mosque/synagogue/local science fair then don't force them and don't kill them and don't harass them. You'd think that'd be a given but apparently it's not. This is a problem in some Christian and Jewish sects as well, e.g. some Mormons and fundamentalists - but way worse in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and to a maybe lesser extent - Indonesia.


2. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are equal before the Law, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...


3. Don't preach hatred in your place of worship.


4. Don't teach hatred in your schools or schoolbooks.


5. Don't discriminate based on race, religion, gender or sexual preference.


6. A man and a woman are equal before the law. None of this "the witness testimony of one man is worth that of two women" crap.


7. If you want to talk crap about atheists I'm fine with that. If you want to say that the Christians or Jews are wrong I'm fine - and they should be fine - with that. Blasphemy laws have no place in civilized societies. You're living in a tribal, backward mode of existence if you keep hanging on to these vestiges of medieval practices.


8. If a person is a victim of a crime or violence and dies, generally speaking an autopsy needs to be performed to determine the cause of death, substances in the blood and general condition of the person at the time of death. This is done by specially trained doctors and medical personnel. It takes time. These people are in short supply and usually overworked and underpaid. Do not bury the bodies before this can be done - or you'll never know exactly what happened to the person. Your religion - doesn't matter if it's Christianity or Judaism or Islam or Buddhism or whatever - is just going to have to adjust around this fact.


Nobody expects the Arab and Muslim world to all of a sudden decide to recognize the large homosexual and lesbian population that's all around them in their societies, and extremely common in certain cultures (Afghan dancing boys, women and men being in forced separation in Saudi Arabia etc). But eventually you'll have to get around that bend too - it's inevitable that people sooner or later realize that what a person does with another consenting adult in the privacy of their home or residence or social venue IS THEIR PROBLEM, not yours.


Just because some dude wrote some stuff in a book two thousand years ago doesn't mean that all that stuff applies to everyone's life today.


Now carry on with your hatred and persecution and anger and conspiracy theories and overthrowing your corrupt Egyptian governments and teaching your kids to hate Jews and generally pretending that we're still in the Dark Ages.


Good luck, all.

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