Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sharia in Practice: Letting Muslim Girls Burn for Lack of Modesty

In Saudi Arabia, Sharia is enforced through a variety of means. The Commission for the Protection of Virtue and the Suppression of Vice (CPVSV) is the organization specifically dedicated to upholding the finer points of Islamic law in everyday life. The enforcers of this organization are known as mutaween, but another apt title would be The Sharia Gestapo.

Here's a snippet of what Time had to say concerning some of their more controversial actions:

"The most scandalous case in recent years involved the deaths of 15 Saudi girls at a school in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, in 2002. Eyewitnesses said that when a fire broke out, mutaween refused to allow the girls to flee, or rescuers to go inside, on the grounds that the students were not wearing the required garments to preserve their modesty. The government, however, absolved the commission of blame." READ MORE

I wonder what will happen if Islamic Law takes over the world?


Anonymous said...

I was once told some state of the USA has a law that fireman are not allowed to rescue women from burning houses is they are wearing a nightdress or something like that.
Also, that donkeys aren't allowed to sleep in bathtubs.

No idea if this is true (or why someone would make such laws).

swilson said...

Here is a BBC article on the topic with some additional details