Yes, this sort of religiously-motivated brutality is still being taken seriously in parts of the world:
Muslims who commit adultery in Indonesia’s Aceh province may be stoned to death under a controversial new sharia law passed by the local parliament on Monday.
The provincial government initially proposed the law but now says it rejects some of the clauses added by parliament and wants to make some further revisions.
A new parliament will be sworn in next month which may be more willing to tone down the law, some experts said.
“We feel that it is time now for people to understand the real meaning of sharia,” said Bustanul Arifin, secretary of Aceh parliament’s special committee for drafting the law, and a member of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
So, adultery — presumably taking place between consenting adults — could be punishable by death.Rape, on the other hand, will (only) earn you “100-200 strokes of a rattan cane — in public — and 100-200 months in jail.” But you’ll still live.
And homosexuality? That’ll get you public lashings and up to 100 months in prison.
I don’t know where these particular Islamic punishments derive from, but it’s frightening that people could find them reasonable.
Americans complain about entanglement of church and state, religion and politics… but when you hear about what goes on in other countries, you realize our issues are trivial in comparison to other parts of the world where religion really does control everything.
(Thanks to Jude for the link)