What? Don’t they know that Sharia is benign and completely compatible with humane values such as those enshrined in the U.S. Constitution? Have they been listening to greasy Islamophobes? Imam Rauf, you’re needed in Mali! These benighted folks need to learn to love Sharia — or else!
“Malians riot as rebels impose Sharia law,” from the Mail & Guardian, May 16 (thanks to Twostellas):
Amnesty International says Islamist groups and insurgents are ‘running riot’ after a military coup deposed the Bamako government in March.
Attempts by Malian insurgents to impose Sharia law in the north of the country have sparked protests against rebel control.
Witnesses say Ansar Dine — the Islamic sect that controls much of northern Mali, together with Tuareg separatists the MNLA and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — fired into the air injuring five people during protests in the northern city of Gao, including one by a stray bullet.
“We received five wounded, including one by a bullet. They are all civilians,” a source at the hospital in Gao told the South African Press Association.
The protests come amid reports that rebels were intensifying attempts to impose sharia law in northern Mali, smashing TV sets claiming they were being used to play video games or watch content considered un-Islamic.
Ansar Dine blocked an aid convoy with tonnes of food and medical supplies for the northern city of Timbuktu on Tuesday, objecting to the presence of women in a reception committee set up for the aid.…
Ah, the glories of Sharia.