No, not about the barbecue. I still think that barbecue is the one thing that
About religion. I now disagree that Texans take their religion seriously, because I now have a new scale to measure “religio-seriousness.”
Say what you will about the religion known as Islam, the one that Barack Obama is falsely accused of following by the lunatic rightwing fringe of
Not even by the Methodists.
I say this now because of a story I read today at MSNBC. An amazing story.
And unlike the Islamic Republics further to the west,
Witness the case of Mohamad Shahrin Abdul Majid, and Nadiah Najat Hussin, young lovers, who were caught semi-clothed in their car in the preliminaries of getting nooky. These two were caught, tried and sentenced by a
This is when they take your shoes off and hit the bottoms of your feet with a rattan cane several times. It’s pretty painful and can result in permanent or long term injury.
Now here is where it hurts the most: if you are an ethnic Chinese, an Indian, or one of the eleven million people in
This is why I say that Muslims, especially the Muslims of Malaysia, take their religion very, very seriously. They subject themselves to a system of laws whose crimes are trivial in other cultures, and whose punishments are harsh beyond words.
The couple paid the fine, but they are trying to get a reprieve from the caning sentence, because, they say, they will be married soon.
This couple are some serious Muslims, I think. They are that serious. They are so serious about their religion that it probably didn’t even dawn on them that simply by renouncing Islam as their religious belief it takes them outside of the law. And a permanent reprieve from the cane.
Or does it? Gee I don’t know. If it doesn’t then I take it all back and simply have to suggest that Islam isn’t so much a religion with strict social customs, but a life sentence.