The battle is pretty much over now: everyone in America knows that Islamic law is completely compatible with American freedoms, and that anyone who dares to oppose its spread here is a racist, bigoted, Islamophobe. The cognitive dissonance only begins when one sees stories like this, but not to worry, few will see them, fewer will care, and still fewer will realize their implications.
“Qaida lashes 10 in Yemen for blasphemy, alcohol,” AFP, August 28, 2015:
ADEN: Al-Qaida militants in southeastern Yemen have publicly flogged 10 men in a new sign of their growing control over the lawless region, witnesses and an official said on Friday.
The men were whipped in Al-Shihr, a coastal town in Hadramawt province, after being summarily convicted of insulting God and consuming alcohol and drugs, the official said.
Dozens of people attended the flogging, which is said to follow the Islamic sharia law.
Witnesses said each man received between 80 and 100 lashes and that both screamed in pain.
The official said al-Qaida militants have been harassing residents by interfering in all aspects of their daily lives.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula controls parts of Hadramawt, including provincial capital Mukalla, which they seized in April….