Fraud is one thing; they passed themselves off as a man and a woman to be legally married. But of course, Sharia takes both the crime and the punishment to an entirely different level, prescribing death for homosexuality, often in cruel, unusual, and creative ways, such as the police chief calls for here. More traditionally:
“Gay people should be thrown head first off high buildings and if not killed on hitting the ground, they should be then stoned to death.” – Minhaj al-Muslim (The Way of the Muslim)
Sharia’s prescription of death for homosexual conduct also comes from Muhammad’s own orders. “Indonesian Sharia police separate Aceh lesbian couple,” by Alice Budisatrijo for BBC News, August 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Islamic police in the Indonesian province of Aceh have forced two women to have their marriage annulled and sign an agreement to separate.
The women had been legally married for a few months after one of them passed as a man in front of an Islamic cleric who presided over their wedding.
But suspicious neighbours confronted the couple and reported them to police.
The two women are now back with their families, forcibly separated and under surveillance by the Islamic police.
The local Sharia police chief told them Islam said they must be beheaded and burned for what they had done.
But Aceh, the only province in Indonesia that is allowed to implement Sharia law, has yet to adopt any provisions dealing with gay and lesbian people.
The provincial parliament passed Islamic laws authorising the stoning to death of adulterers and the caning of homosexuals in 2009, but the governor has refused to sign it.
Homosexuality is frowned upon but legal in Indonesia.
Activists have blamed Aceh’s Sharia laws for encouraging vigilantism and intolerance, and say they violate the Indonesian constitution.