Barbarism, Allah and the Sultans of Bling
A NEW penal code in Brunei based on sharia comes into force tomorrow. The Sultan of Brunei, 67, an absolute ruler of the oil-rich country of 400,000 and one of the world’s wealthiest men declared:
Today, I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, 2014, will see the enforcement of shariah law phase one, to be followed by the other phases.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a speech that sharia penalties will be introduced over time and will eventually include flogging, severing of limbs and death by stoning for various crimes.
While many members of the Muslim ethnic Malay majority have voiced cautious support, the sharia move has sparked concern among many non-Muslim citizens and led to a rare burst of criticism by Brunei social-media users earlier this year.
The sultan responded by ordering a halt to such criticism, which has largely gone silent.
The dotty dictator added:
Theory states that Allah’s law is harsh and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is fair.
The UN’s human rights office said earlier in April it was “deeply concerned”, adding that penalties such stoning are classified under international law as:
Torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Nearly 70 percent of Brunei’s 400,000 people are Muslim Malays, while about 15 percent are non-Muslim ethnic Chinese.
The sultan has warned of pernicious foreign influences such as the Internet and indicated he intends to place more emphasis on Islam in the conservative Muslim country.
While on the subject of Allah, an unholy row has erupted at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado after it allowed a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” to lead the student body in an Arabic version of the Pledge of Allegiance, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah”.
Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying:
These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.
Lopez said he has been getting a variety of accusations levelled at him, including being called a traitor. He said of angry parents, and an assortment of patriots:
They claim they are outraged, that this is blaspheming a real major tenet of our patriotism – which in their mind the Pledge of Allegiance is only in English.
America’s Muslim advocacy group CAIR is now involved. Spokeman Ibrahim Hooper claimed the use of the word Allah is :
Not necessarily specific to Islam and Muslims.
Really? Not according to a ruling by the King of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, another Muslim clown who looks like a perambulating Christmas tree.
Hooper added that he was dumbfounded by complaints about the Arabic version of the pledge.
How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language. It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.