What fun they’ll have in Europe. Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: “Saudi court punishes group of men and women for mingling at a party with lashings, prison time,” by Meena Hartenstein for the New York Daily News, June 22:
In Saudi Arabia, fighting for your right to party could get you beaten and thrown in jail.
A group of four men and 11 women were convicted Tuesday for socializing at a party, and sentenced to floggings and time in prison, judicial officials told The Associated Press.
Saudi law adheres to a strict interpretation of Islam that prohibits unrelated men and women from mingling with each other.
The officials, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said the revelers were caught partying together until the wee hours of the morning last month and were tried by a Saudi Court in the northern town of Ha’il.
Each member of the group was sentenced to an unspecified number of lashes and a prison sentence of one or two years, except for a female minor. She will be punished with 80 lashes but will not be sent to prison….