Libya to be another sharia state?

Heritage has a scribd of the draght constitution


Lachlan Markay

August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm


The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime.

As both the Morning Bell and Washington in a Flash noted today, Heritage Fellow Jim Phillips recently pointed out that Islamist forces “appear to make up a small but not insignificant part of the opposition coalition,” and must be prevented “from hijacking Libya’s future.” Parts of the draft Constitution allay those fears, while others exacerbate them.

Much of the document describes political institutions that will sound familiar to citizens of Western liberal democracies, including rule of law, freedom of speech and religious practice, and a multi-party electoral system.

But despite the Lockean tenor of much of the constitution, the inescapable clause lies right in Part 1, Article 1: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).” Under this constitution, in other words, Islam is law. That makes other phrases such as “there shall be no crime or penalty except by virtue of the law” and “Judges shall be independent, subject to no other authority but law and conscience” a bit more ominous.

Libya Draft Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Stage


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6 Replies to “Libya to be another sharia state?”

  1. We all knew this would happen, I just wish the people who were so happy about the revolt would realize just how much trouble the world now has.

  2. If the principal source of legislation is to be Islamic jurisprudence (Shariah), then liberal democracy is impossible. The formulators of this draft constitution have no conception of what true freedom requires because they have no conception of individual rights. Their code of ethics is derived from Islam and is therefore necessarily irrational and wrong, and destructive of life. There are innumerable ways in which a code of ethics can be irrational and wrong, but there is only one way in which it can be fully rational and therefore fully right. For a code of ethics to be fully rational and fully right it must be derived from the facts of reality by the means of rational thinking (the only means to factual knowledge), holding man’s life as his standard of value and rational thinking as his principal virtue.

  3. Try telling that to the leftist, they are so brainwashed that they refuse to accept the fact that not only are all cultures not equal, they aren’t anywhere the same.

  4. From the last paragraph In the first “article”:

    “The State shall guarantee for woman all opportunities which shall allow her to participate entirely and actively in political, economic and social spheres.”

    Arent’ there many “liberal” women in the rebellion movement??

  5. The Middle East is going to hell in a handbasket!

    Muslims can´t make a democracy run for much longer than it takes a new tyranny to take hold. Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. its all the same.

    Meanwhile in the West the stupidity knows no bounds.

  6. Pope Urban II you are right on all counts, but you might want to include the rest of the world in the hand basket. Europe and the US seem to be in the opening stages of a massive civil war.

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