Do You Know What Sharia Law Is?
The other day I noticed one of those videos on Facebook where a reporter goes out into the field and asks people the simplest political questions at random. In this case the topic was whether or not people supported Hillary Clinton and the platform on which she was basing her campaign…Sharia Law. The reporter made it sound as if Hillary was supporting Sharia Law. Of course that’s not true and Hillary is not supporting Sharia Law. It was just a joke to see if people knew.
The replies were as funny as they were sad. You can’t even call it bittersweet because so many people just didn’t know what Sharia Law was, not even the basics. I was amazed to see how many people would actually think that someone like Hillary Clinton (or any US politician) would base her/his campaign on Sharia Law.
In any event, I know what Sharia Law is and how it relates to Islam views, but for those who might not I’d rather link to articles that explain it far better than I can.
This is from wiki:
Sharia Law is the oppression of women. A man may beat his wife or find a reason to have her killed under the basis of Sharia Law. Under Sharia Law a woman has no rights of her own and without his explicit permission can not do so much as leave the house. If she disobeyed his command he may have her killed under Sharia Law. Under Sharia Law a woman is her husband’s property. Uner Sharia Law a woman is not ever allowed to drive a vehicle (not even in an emergency). Under Sharia Law a woman may not discipline her son without her husband’s permission. Under Sharia Law a woman may not be addressed as mother by her son. Under Sharia Law a woman has to cover her face at all times and may not uncover it under any circumstances. Under Sharia Law a woman has no voice to display her dislike of what her husband says. Under Sharia Law a woman may be raped by her husband because she is not permitted by Sharia Law to deny her husband sex.
Here’s another web site that explains it well:
As a legal system, the Sharia law covers a very wide range of topics. While other legal codes deal primarily with public behavior, Sharia law covers public behavior, private behavior and private beliefs. Of all legal systems in the world today, Islam’s Sharia law is the most intrusive and strict, especially against women.
There’s a full list of laws with this article.
And because this blog is always focused on LGBT issues, here’s how Sharia Law deals with LGBT people…
Whilst LGBTT-rights activists are making great progress in non-Muslim societies, gay communities in the Muslim world are left fighting for even the most basic of human rights, and in many cases, their very lives.
You can read more about that here.
Cyber-Bullying and Charta Res Novae
I found this web site recently that focuses on cyber-bullying, defamation, and cyber-abuse and thought it was newsworthy enough to link to. It’s the rare person who works or plays online and hasn’t seen or personally experienced the online bullies, the “mean girls,” or those who think they know everything and will stop at nothing to prove it. The bully horror stories never seem to end. I’ve experienced plenty myself over the last 15 years which is why I moderate comments at all times. It’s not that I’m afraid of the bullies. I’m not hiding anything. It’s just that I found it much too simple (but time consuming) to go after them.
This is their mission statement:
Lobbying for the criminalization of defamation and any cyber abuse that would be considered a criminal act if committed offline (i.e stalking, harassment sustained over time, physical threats, etc…); no victim should be forced to choose between suffering in silence or footing a huge legal bill just to get minimal (if any) recompense in civil court.
And this is from a recent post:
“Chris Long of the St. Louis Rams is a vocal campaigner against cyber-bullying. Despite a recently sustained injury, the defensive end met with enthusiastic students at Affton high school on Thursday to encourage them to kill cyber-bullying with kindness.”
You can check the entire web site out here.
It’s actually a very well designed and executed web site and it addresses one of the biggest concerns today about online criminal behavior.
Antigay, Racist Trolls
This article kind of ties in the two above.
I think I posted about these two guys last year. They had their photos taken while sitting on a skytrain in Bangkok, the images went viral, and the two suffered tons of cyber-abuse as a result.
A barrage of nasty comments poured in, proving yet again that some people simply can’t contain their deep-seeded racism and homophobia from the comfortable anonymity of their keyboards.
Well judging by the couple’s recently shared wedding photos, all that hate couldn’t stop them from continuing to show the world what love looks like.
You can check out the wedding photos here. It’s nice to see a RL happily ever after once a while.