Sharia Spreads: It’s Now the Law in Part of Malaysia

Islamic countries that have embraced sharia include Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Nigeria. Last year, Brunei became the first Southeast Asian country to join that wretched club, and now neighboring Malaysia has done the same. More precisely, the state of Kelantan has, despite the fact that sharia is incompatible with the country’s constitution.

Among the punishments: limb amputations for theft; crucifixion for deadly robberies; 40 to 80 lashes for consuming any quantity of alcohol; and, of course, good old-fashioned stoning for adultery. The law also prescribes death for apostasy (remember that when Muslims quote Al-Baqara 256 from the Qur’an and try to tell you that “there is no compunction” in their religion).

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VIDEO: Afghani Mob Kicks and Stomps Woman To Death For Allegedly Burning a Copy of the Qur’an

By my reckoning, there are more than a billion printed copies of the Qur’an on this Earth. Saudi Arabia alone gives away 30 million new Qur’ans every year. Islam’s founding text is also online in thousands of places. The Qur’an, the most common book after the Bible, is more indestructible than ever.

But soil or burn one copy of it and you could pay with your life, as one woman in Kabul, the Afghan capital, found out yesterday.

Accusers who alleged that Farkhunda, 27, burned the Islamic holy book, proceeded to kick, beat, and stomp her to death, all caught in a video that even in the age of Daesh is remarkable for its savagery.

I can’t usually watch real-life violent footage, but in this case the victim has been entirely pixelated so that her battered face and her broken, bloodied body are never seen. That allows us to focus more on the horrid brutality of the attackers: their physical strength, their visceral hatred, their body language expressing excitement, their eagerness to submit to violent impulses with seeming impunity — and, inevitably, their gleeful shouts of Allahu Akbar.

An angry mob in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed a woman and set her body alight for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran. Police and witnesses say the killing took place near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine on March 19.

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Spanish Priest and Demon-Slaying Helper Charged After Performing 13 Exorcisms on Anorexic Teenager

Eating disorders are the work of the devil. Whoyougonnacall? Demonbusters!

A Spanish priest and an exorcist have been charged with gender violence and causing injury and mistreatment after the exorcist performed repeated exorcisms on an anorexic teenage girl.

A judge in Burgos has called for the arrest of exorcist Jesús Hernández Sahagún, the official exorcist of Valladolid, along with the girl’s priest, after she endured 13 exorcisms while still a minor.

Somehow, her parents are blameless in the eyes of the court, even though they hired the hobgoblin extractor in the first place.

The chain of events began in 2012, according to the Spanish newspaper El País, when the girl began to suffer from anorexia. Her parents, convinced that she had become possessed by a devil, decided to have her exorcised, and appealed to their priest for help. She was then tied up and had crucifixes hung above her bed, an ordeal which later led her to attempt suicide. …

The priest reportedly knew that the young girl was receiving medical treatment for anorexia, the court heard, and had assured her parents that the exorcisms would not interfere with her health.

We have obtained exclusive NSFW footage of the procedure in question. (Not really. But here, because TGIF, is everyone’s favorite scene from the Exorcist.)

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Attention U.S. Christians: You Have One Year To Leave the Country

End Times radio host Rick Wiles, who last year told his listeners that ebola might just cure America’s atheism problem, has determined that it’s now too late. Things are simply futile if you’re a U.S. Christian. Not even ebola can fix it. All that Christians can do at this terrible time in history is to “flee America” — but luckily it’s a slowly-unfolding emergency, so Jesus followers still have a year to “get out.”

You can probably guess who’s to blame.

Wiles warned that the [President Obama] is “a man of destruction, darkness and evil” and will “destroy this nation too.”

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a None, Cozies Up To Faith Communities, Including Baby-Penis-Sucking Hasids

When Bill de Blasio became New York’s mayor, he was touted — or excoriated, depending on who you ask — as “perhaps the nation’s most visible ‘none’.”

Oddly, Hizzonner has since gone out of his way to placate religious groups. Describing himself as not religious but “spiritual,”

Mr. de Blasio has been emerging as something unexpected: a champion of religion whose administration has advanced the cause of faith groups in the unlikeliest of public squares.

In Mr. de Blasio’s New York, public prekindergarten classes will soon be able to include a midday break for observant students to pray. Schools will be closed citywide for two Muslim holy days [I wrote about that here, TF]. He is poised to relax health regulations governing a controversial circumcision ritual that is favored by some ultra-Orthodox Jews. And the mayor says he is intent on finding a way for church groups to continue holding services in public schools on weekends, even as the United States Supreme Court could decide as early as next week to take up a case about whether the city has the right to prohibit the practice.

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