1. Yasmin Mohammad speaks to the American left’s support of applied orthodox Islam
2. Indonesian province of Aceh Cains a bunch of people for trivial reasons in public
One woman begged for mercy and another sobbed uncontrollably as ‘s Aceh arch-conservative province flogged 11 people for getting too close to members of the opposite sex.
The six men and five women were rounded up by religious officers who caught them behaving amorously in public, a crime under local Islamic law.
Dozens watched as the humiliated victims were whipped outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
Despite widespread criticism, public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offences in the deeply conservative region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking , and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.
Aceh is the only region in the world‘s biggest Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law.
Punishment: A hooded member of the Sharia police (pictured left) prepares to dish out 11 canings to people caught with the opposite sex in public, including the woman on the far right
Public caning: One of the men feels the pain of the whipping as he punished is for being too close to the opposite sex in the only Indonesian province to practice Islamic law
Thank you M, Richard, Wrath of Khan and all who sent in materials this weekend. More to come.