Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia. When is the Imam Rauf going to fly to Aceh to explain to the leaders there that Sharia is benign and entirely compatible with Western societal norms? “Aceh to Ban Sales of Tight Clothing,” by Ahmad Pathoni in the Jakarta Globe, June 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Banda Aceh. Shops in Indonesia’s Aceh province, where Islamic law is in force, will soon be banned from selling tight-fitting clothes, an official said on Thursday.
The announcement was made after religious police in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, stopped and reprimanded more than 50 women and three men for violating the Islamic dress code, including wearing tight clothing and shorts.
Samsuddin, the head of enforcement at the agency overseeing compliance with Islamic law in Aceh, said his office would issue a circular banning shops from selling body-hugging fashion items.
“We will soon send letters to shop owners,” Samsuddin said. “The newly elected governor very much supports the enforcement of Islamic law.” Zaini Abdullah is due to be sworn in as Aceh’s new governor on June 26 after winning an election in April.
Shariah police in Aceh regularly carry out patrols to enforce the rule of Islamic modesty and a ban on unseemly contact between unmarried couples.
Officers recorded the personal details of those behaving in an unseemly manner, lectured them, and told them they could be detained or lashed if they were caught again.
Samsuddin said his officers had netted 300 women who violated the Islamic dress code in the past two months.
Munway, one of the three men stopped for wearing shorts in Thursday”s operation, pleaded for leniency.
“I”m a construction worker and I”m laying bricks,” he told a woman officer who asked him to show his identity card. “I”m outside because I”m going to buy some paint.” Munawar said he agreed with Islamic law but men should not be arrested for wearing shorts.
Under Aceh’s Islamic law, the sale of alcohol is banned across the province and gamblers are punished by caning….