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Sharia Law counters Democracy and Human Rights

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Mar 2, 2004 at 19:15

By allowing Sharia Law to be established as "a source" for implementing the new future of Iraqi jurisprudence, we have failed to achieve true democracy and freedom for the Iraqi citizenry.

Problems will arise when any democratic process conflicts with traditional Islamic laws and therefore Sharia will take precedence. One must remember that the Qu'ran, the Islamic Holy Book, is "The Source" that spawned Sharia Law to begin with along with the teachings of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. These are the laws that penalize non-Muslims through heavy taxation; degrade women to second class citizens; authorizes the execution of any Muslim who converts to another religion; calls for the expulsion of Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula; and implements public humiliation, torture, dismemberment, stoning to death and beheadings as forms of punishment.

Therefore, when justice is sought by an Iraqi citizen, guess which "source" will prevail?
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