Here’s a quick one. I’ve posted before about how when laws stemming from religious insanity are implemented, it’s not just their insanity that’s offensive but the fact that they are often imposed only on a certain segment of a population.
Well today another horror: in Sudan, women are flogged for wearing pants. There was a raid on one of the most popular restaurants in Khartoum, “a group of about 20 or 30 police officers entered the popular Khartoum restaurant and arrested all the women wearing trousers”. (BBC Source, hat tip UN Dispatch.)
Now, here are the two money quotes (I’ve reversed their order from the article):
Under Sharia law in Khartoum, the normal punishment for “indecent” dressing is 40 lashes.
Several of those punished were from the mainly Christian and animist south, Ms Hussein said.
Non-Muslims are not supposed to be subject to Islamic law, even in Khartoum and other parts of the mainly Muslim north.
So the Sudanese authorities broke even their own boundaries for Sharia law. Big surprise. But the report seems to imply that if only the government left the non-Muslims alone (and only lashed Muslim women) it would be better. No it wouldn’t. The above quotes just underscore how offensive it is to have two laws in the same country depending on what family you’re born into.
A reporter from Australia’s ABC was recently spat on by a Chareidi Jewish mob rioting over a planned parking lot in Jerusalem. She was surprised that they objected to her using a tape recorder on Shabbat even though she’s a non Jew (and isn’t bound to keep Shabbat by any branch of Judaism). The mob’s rage seems to have been at the fact that someone was “insensitive” enough to violate Shabbat in front of them, or in Jerusamem, or some such thing. This might be the same reason non-Muslims were targeted in the Sudan. But at least both parties here are being consistent.
The idea of the raging Jerusalem mob pelting a Jewish policeman with stones and utterly bypassing a non-Jew standing right beside him is ridiculous. Because we know that the idea of two laws to rule them all is just that — ridiculous and obscene.