Friday, March 2, 2012

Tunisia: democracy runs amok, new constitution will have sharia enshrined as the only source of legislation

How much sharia will be enforced is still to be determined, but even with just a little sharia, eventually someone will want just a little more, and then a bit more, until full blown sharia compliance is the order of the day.  There is no such thing as too much sharia.

From CNS News March 2 by Patrick Goodenough

Shari’a Rises in Tunisia’s Constitution-Drafting Process

( – As Tunisian lawmakers wrestle over the drafting of a new constitution, the place of Islamic law is causing contention, but with Islamists dominating the process the new constitution looks set to describe shari’a as “the principal source of legislation.”
Tunisia, the country that launched last year’s political upheavals in many parts of the Arab world, is being closely watched, as observers across the region and in the West ponder the future of the so-called “Arab spring” amid the rise of Islamist parties.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been optimistic about Tunisia, saying during a visit to North Africa last week that she was encouraged by what she saw and heard. Testifying in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, she described Tunisia as “a country that I think deserves a lot of attention and support from the United States.”
Last October, the Islamist Ennahda (Renaissance) party won a plurality of the seats when Tunisians elected an assembly mandated to draft a new national constitution.
Article One of Tunisia’s current constitution, promulgated in 1959, declares that “Tunisia is a free, independent and sovereign state. Its religion is Islam, its language is Arabic and its type of government is the Republic.”
Ennahda, which holds 89 of the assembly’s 217 seats, wants the new document to go further, and explicitly assert the importance of shari’a.
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