While the clowns in the West continue to make silly, dishonest excuses for the most radical, intolerant ideology on the planet, the shariah advances. Anecdotes are irrelevant -- it's the ideology, stupid. This is what happens as Islam advances.
Note Diane Sawyer: shame on you.
Jantho, Aceh. With heads bowed, two young women walked toward a wooden stage outside Al Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Aceh Besar. Friday prayers had just ended, and hundreds of residents surrounded the platform, keeping a respectful distance but keen to watch.
The eyes of Murni binti Amris, 27, and Rukiah binti Abdullah, 22, began to water.
They feared the worst when officers of the Shariah Police dragged them to the center of the stage.
The women had dared to sell cooked rice in the daytime during Ramadan, violating the 2002 Islamic bylaw in Aceh.
With a quivering voice, Murni said: “Wait, sir.” She wanted to correct her sitting position.
However, the man standing over her brandishing a rattan cane took no heed, lashing her three times across the back.
When it was Rukiah’s turn, she was whipped twice. She did not make a sound, although her face was wet with tears. A shout was heard from the crowd: “Add to it. Let her feel it.”
A top official of the Shariah Police, Marzuki Abdullah, told the Jakarta Globe the women had been arrested on Aug. 23 for violating the regulation that stipulates: “Whosoever prepares facilities for Muslims that do not fulfill religious standards during the fasting month of Ramadan faces either a year in jail, a fine of Rp 3 million ($340) or being caned in front of an audience for a maximum of six times.”
“They were selling cooked rice in the daytime during Ramadan. They were arrested by Shariah officers at a small stall in the Baitussalam district,” Marzuki said.