Everyone knows the legend about boiling a frog slowly so that it doesn’t object. I am pretty confident that is a load of bull. But slowly immersing people into ideas and laws that are fascist, illegal and illiberal, that does work every-time. Just look at how anti-smoking laws were forced on people everywhere with no vote, no discussion and often breaking municipalities own laws on passing legislation as was done in Ottawa Canada. The same goes for freedom of speech and the return from the enlightenment and freedom of speech and secularism back to theocracy and the protection of insane ideas from criticism, something that anyone in the Western world would have said could simply never happen 30 years ago.
In Indonesia this process is galloping forward with all sorts of sharia compliant laws being implemented in that ‘hijra’ (move towards greater islam compliancy) way. This is just today’s example for Indonesia.
But let me be unequivocal in this. The process of implementing sharia compliancy is taking place in Canada, the US, and across Europe whether it is called anti-hate-speech as it is in England and elsewhere (article to appear soon on the arrest of Kev Caroll in England on this charge) or with any number of other excuses and reasons to implement sharia norms in contradiction to basic and critical constitutional guarantees most of us take horribly for granted across the secular West. While women can still ride motorcycles here, all of us know that criticism of Islam will lead to death threats and intimidation from Muslims living in Canada in ways that the police may not be able to prevent, and more importantly our own government will not allow us to protect ourselves from.
At the end of the day, how is this not submission to sharia norms?
Eeyore for Vlad.
Indonesia’s northwestern province Aceh has introduced a controversial new law banning women from sitting on motorcycles with their legs apart. Activists are calling for a reversal of the ban.
Despite opposition from human rights activist, authorities in Aceh’s city administration of Lhokseumawe decided to release a law banning women from straddling motorbikes earlier this week.
“We’re going ahead with the ban. There’s no resistance here. The criticism did not come from Aceh,” Dasni Yuzar, the city secretary of Lhokseumawe, stated in an interview with DW.
Yuzar also said around 50 streamers had already been distributed all over Lhokseumawe, explaining the proper way for women to sit on the back of motorbikes. Almost a week ago leaflets were distributed to government offices and villages to inform residents about the planned bylaw.
Mayor Suaidi Yahya, who had proposed the law, appealed to the public on Monday, January 7, saying it was not meant to discriminate against women, but instead help the implementation of Sharia law in Aceh.
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