Sharia Law Is Not a Threat? Ask the Residents of Northern Mali
I recently wrote about California politicians urging support of Sharia law and claiming that it is not a threat to Americans or American law. If these liberal politicians truly believe this, then they need to talk to the residents of northern Mali.
In March of this year, armed Islamic radicals, with ties to al Qaeda, took control of parts of northern Mali, including several towns. Since the Islamic take over, Sharia law has been imposed and strictly enforced. The results have been the cutting off of the hand of a thief, public whippings of couples deemed illegitimate along with people who drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. They have forbidden many youth from playing soccer or watching television. One couple was accused of having relations without being married. The sentence, which was promptly carried out was stoning to death.
The people of northern Mali at first welcomed the Islamists because they seem to respect the people and treat them well. The Islamists gave the locals gifts during their holy month of Ramadan. It wasn’t long after being welcomed in that the Islamists exerted force and took control of the area and established Sharia law as the rule to be followed.