What fun the Sharia advocates will have in Europe. An update on this story. “Stoning, Caning Are Now the Law in Aceh, Local Legislator Says,” by Nurdin Hasan and Anita Rachman for the Jakarta Globe, October 15 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Banda Aceh. A controversial bill that includes a provision for the stoning to death of adulterers is now officially law, even without the signature of the Aceh governor, a local councilor said on Thursday.
The draft of the Qanun Jinayat Code, a set of bylaws that replaces elements of the Criminal Code with Shariah provisions for Muslims, was endorsed by the Aceh Legislative Council on Sept. 14.
The measures call for the stoning of adulterers and 100 lashes for anyone caught engaging in premarital sex, among its other punishments.
The ratification of the bill has been sharply criticized by human rights activists, and Governor Irwandi Yusuf reportedly refused to sign it into law.
Moharriadi Syafari, a councilor from the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said the main reason for the law was to “save” people in Aceh from acts not approved by religion.
“Human rights activists should not see the Qanun Jinayat from a narrow-minded perspective, as though it breaches human rights, because basically Islamic law has a high respect for human rights,” Syafari said.
Sure. They stone and cane people very respectfully.