In the West, we get these smooth lies from deceptive Islamic supremacists: "There's really no such thing as just Sharia, it's not one monolithic Continuum - Sharia is understood in thousands of different ways over the 1,500 years in which multiple and competing schools of law have tried to construct some kind of civic penal and family law code that would abide by Islamic values and principles, it's understood in many different ways..." -- Reza Aslan
But in Sudan and other Muslim countries, everyone seems to know exactly what Sharia is and what it involves: stonings, amputations, the death penalty for apostasy, the subjugation of women, the oppression of non-Muslims, etc. That's why this Reuters story starts talking about stonings -- everyone knows they are part of Sharia despite the best efforts of deceivers like Aslan. That's also why Bashir has to assure non-Muslims that Sharia is just. He addresses fears of Sharia coming to Sudan not by saying "We're going to implement a benign, expansive, human-rights-respecting version of Sharia" but by telling people that they shouldn't fear Sharia, because it is just. He takes for granted that his audience knows exactly what Sharia is, and that he is referring to the same thing that they have in mind.
So is Boy Reza lying, or is he just stupid? The jury is still out.
"Sudan constitution to be '100 percent Islamic': Bashir," from Reuters, July 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
(Reuters) - President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Saturday Sudan's next constitution would be "100 percent Islamic" to set an example for neighbouring countries, some of which have seen religious parties gain power after popular uprisings.
The secession of mostly non-Muslim South Sudan a year ago sparked predictions that Sudan, which hosted former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, would start implementing Islamic law more strictly.
In a speech to leaders of the mystical Islamic Sufi tradition in Khartoum, Bashir suggested Sudan's new, post-secession constitution could help guide the region's political transformation.
"We want to present a constitution that serves as a template to those around us. And our template is clear, a 100 percent Islamic constitution, without communism or secularism or Western (influences)," said Bashir.
"And we tell non-Muslims, nothing will preserve your rights except for Islamic sharia because it is just," he said....
Well, that's a relief!
Following the 1989 coup that brought Bashir to power, Sudan introduced laws that took sharia as their main source.
Already, floggings are a common punishment in Sudan for crimes like drinking alcohol and adultery.
Sentences of stoning are rare, although in May a Sudanese woman was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, sparking condemnation from human rights lawyers. Similar sentences in the past have not been carried out....