Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “Shari'a making inroads in the West”: This is worrying. If people want to subject themselves to a religious legal system to which I do not subscribe, that is their business. People are entitled to handle their affairs however they find mutually acceptable. The problem is that not everyone being subjected to shari‘ah in the West is a willing participant. As it is written:
In Italy, three members of a Brescia-based Maghrebi family (father, mother and eldest son) were accused of beating and sequestering their daughter/sister Fatima because she had wanted to live a "Western" life.It is hardly likely that the beaten teenager, who apparently had no interest in living a Muslim lifestyle, was particularly willing to be subjected to shari‘a rules. This is in violation of her freedom of religion.
In the first trial, the three were sentenced for sequestration and abuse. The court acknowledged that the teenager had been "brutally beaten up" for having "dated" a non-Muslim and, in general, for "living a life not conforming with the culture" of her family. But on appeal, the family was acquitted because the court deemed that the young woman had been beaten for "her own good."
The Bologna public prosecutor's office then disputed the acquittal of the three accused parties, but the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation dismissed it and ruled in favor of the charged parties.
- “Pope admits Holocaust denier affair was mishandled”: Finally! Now when is Richard Williamson going to be excommunicated again?
- “Peace With Egypt (1989)”
- “U.S. man survives Niagara Falls plunge”: Apparently people do try this stunt in real life.
- “And now for Bizet's Carmen - in mapudungun”: Interesting way to try to save an endangered language.
- “German maths whiz, dead for 450 years, gets TV bill”
- “U.S. wireless-only use rising, complicating government health surveying”
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