A 23-year-old Afghan journalist wrote an article jocularly wondering why, if men are allowed four wives under Islam, women aren’t allowed four husbands. For writing these words, he was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to death.
Diana West points out that the journalist was convicted by a government and under a constitution that the United States put into place. Afghanistan’s constitution provides for Western-style freedoms, including the freedom of speech and of the press, but goes on to say that the Shari’a law of the Koran trumps all, as the ultimate law of the land. This is also what the U.S.-imposed constitution of Iraq says. So, in the course of our wars against jihadist terrorism and despite our constitution’s religious neutrality, are we responsible for imposing Islamic law?