We’re all supposed to keep believing this edict that Islam is “the religion of peace,” right? That’s what we’re constantly told ad nauseam by the far-left, or am I just making that up? Christianity is bad, and Islam can never be spoken ill of. That's what we're supposed to believe apparently.
Well, here’s just another example of how “tolerant” the “religion of peace” seems to be.
The kingdom of Brunei, whose official religion is Muslim (78.8 percent of the population, according to the CIA), wrote a letter to the European Union parliament defending its new penal code that allows for the government to stone gay people and adulterers to death.
According to The Guardian:
In a four-page letter to MEPs, the kingdom’s mission to the EU called for “tolerance, respect and understanding” with regard to the country’s desire to preserve its traditional values and “family lineage”.
The new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation.
I don’t really care how anyone feels about gay people. This is simply wrong. If you are truly for human rights than the kingdom of Brunei is guilty of barbarism. They claim the penal code was developed in order to preserve “family lineage,” but it’s also about promoting the country’s predominant religion, Islam.
“The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women,” the letter read. “The penal sentences of hadd – stoning to death and amputation – imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high evidentiary threshold, requiring no less than two or four men of high moral standing and piety as witnesses, to the exclusion of every form of circumstantial evidence.”
Basically, screw evidence. As long as two to four men who have high moral standing — I wonder who determines that — say they saw something, a person can be put to death. And all of this will be decided in Sharia courts.
Not only is that not a progressive way of doing things, in the true sense of word progressive, it’s actually regressive. This penal code is a way of doing things that people who dragged their women by the hair back to caves did things. There’s no humanity in this instance.
The EU responded to Brunei's letter on Wednesday.
"We believe there is no justification for this kind of punishment. No crime justifies amputation or torture, let alone the death penalty. And no person should be punished for loving someone. That can never be interpreted as a crime,” said EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini. “These punishments – if applied – would constitute a violation of many of the international commitments undertaken by Brunei-Darussalam. These acts are prohibited by the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which was signed by Brunei in 2015."
As far as adultery goes, committing the act isn’t exactly something worth praising, but should people be physically punished for it? Absolutely not. People make mistakes. Even people that show no remorse in their adulterous actions don’t deserve what the kingdom of Brunei wants. They may not be the best examples for other people, but that doesn’t equate to a physical harm, let alone a possible death sentence.
Brunei is its own nation, and in reality they can do what they want. But that doesn’t put them above scrutiny and criticism for barbaric practices. Time to get out of the Stone Age, Brunei.