Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mali: sharia enforced, Christians flee and women hide

It is not a fluke that when Islam rises, other groups, rights and freedoms quickly retreat.  It works because it is what Islam does best, and that is intimidate until submission.  We can add Mali to the list of countries who have made back in time to the 7th century, no small feat, and not one to be proud of, either.

From International Christian Concern June 7

Christians, Women Victims as Islamic Forces Implement Sharia Law in North Mali
Christians, Women Victims as Islamic Forces Implement Sharia Law in North Mali

06/07/2012 International Christian Concern (Washington D.C.)-Radical Islamists in control of northern Mali are enforcing a strict version of Sharia law that victimizes Christians, women and other vulnerable groups. The radicals took control of northern Mali in April after ousting the armed forces of the government of Mali.

There is no strict version of sharia, it is what it is on a very level field.  Islamic doctrine does victimize women, Christian and other groups but that is the normative Islam, not some juiced-up version with little grounding in accepted Islamic theology.

“All the Christians have left Timbuktu (the main city in north Mali) because of the Sharia law as well as because of the presence of people linked with al-Qaeda,” said a Christian leader who fled from northern Mali. “According to the Islamists, women cannot mix with men and can’t ride on motorcycle with men. Women must also wear veils.”

Islamic rebels are enforcing the strict Sharia law by lashing women who failed to comply with the rules. They also have imprisoned other alleged violators of the Sharia law.

The West African country of Mali has been in political crisis after two rebel groups took over the northern part of the country. The rebel group called the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA) is a secular group fighting for independence of north Mali. The other group, Ansar Dine, is an Islamic group with links to al-Qaeda. On May 26, the two groups agreed to merge and form an Islamic state in north Mali.

A "secular" Muslim group and a "Islamic" group join forces to create a Northern Mali Islamic state.  Don't hold your breath for a "moderate" state to emerge with this merging.

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