Libyan Assembly votes in favor of sharia law

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Libya’s national assembly has voted in favor of making sharia law the basis of all legislative decisions in the county, meaning the Islamic legal framework will inform all future banking, criminal and financial cases.

“Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya,” stated the General National Congress in a statement released shortly after the vote was held. “All state institutions need to comply with this,” it said.

The process by which the new sharia law system would be implemented was not immediately clear, but a special committee will review all existing laws to ensure their compliance with Islamic law, according to Reuters. The move came shortly before a separate vote to establish a 60-person committee which will be responsible for drafting the country’s new constitution. 

Sharia law – the moral code and religious law of Islam –  is dissimilar to Western ‘codified’ law in that its moral and legal guidelines are looser. Its rulings are based on the Koran, the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and Muslim traditions. In its strictest form, it is perceived to be the divine will of God.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. It is a feature of those ideologists who undermine governments and start revolutions, that they wishfully think this will automatically lead to something better than the previous legal system of government!

        • In reply to #6 by aldous:

          In reply to #5 by Fritz:

          Another advance for the Religion of Peace…

          That’s Christianity, as history confirms — from the Holocaust (and way back) and on to the drone campaign.

          What application do you use for automatic forum replies? Does it work on a Mac?

        • In reply to #6 by aldous:

          In reply to #5 by Fritz:

          Another advance for the Religion of Peace…

          That’s Christianity, as history confirms — from the Holocaust (and way back) and on to the drone campaign.

          I’m no apologist for god-botherers, but it’s a long long time since Christians waged an aggressive war in the name of Christianity. A lot of good Christians signed up in 1939-45 to stop aggression and totalitarianism.

          Islam on the other hand is commanded to conquer infidels by any means necessary and to impose a totalitarian, pre-medieval system of governance on its victims.

          Islam is an evil virus which needs to be eliminated.

          • In reply to #17 by Stevehill:

            it’s a long long time since Christians waged an aggressive war in the name of Christianity.

            Since Christianity brands itself as the religion of peace, Christians are not going to wage war in the name of Christianity. Attacks on Muslims go under various flags of convenience — The War against Terrorism, the defence of our Judeo-Christian values and the like. Of course, I’m talking about religion as a cultural phenomenon. How else is an atheist going to look at religion?

        • In reply to #6 by aldous:

          In reply to #5 by Fritz:

          Another advance for the Religion of Peace…

          That’s Christianity, as history confirms — from the Holocaust (and way back) and on to the drone campaign.

          I don’t get your drift- are you proposing a false equivalence? Are you a sympathiser for Islam?

    • In reply to #2 by Stafford Gordon:

      A another raging git? Wonder what he’s screaming about; decapitating people like me I perhaps.

      Is he perhaps shouting Allah hu Akbar just in case there really is an Allah?

  2. So, having been liberated from one brutal dictator, they now want one that is entirely imaginary?

    Its also the only time I’ve ever heard Sharia law described as being a looser set of moral and legal guidelines than Western law. When you have rules for everything, based on the ignorant pronouncements of an ancient paedophile, and when the rules dictate that routine and natural parts of simply being alive are forbidden, which enshrines hatred of others, and dictates inhuman punishments for infractions, you get a code of law which is certainly both immoral and very restrictive.

    • In reply to #3 by N_Ellis:

      Its also the only time I’ve ever heard Sharia law described as being a looser set of moral and legal guidelines than Western law.

      Compared to western law which is fairly rigidly defined, Sharia law is a loose interpretation of lore and is variable between regions, sects, cultures, and the particular stick the guy in charge of making up the law has up his ass at the time.

  3. While no admirer of Qaddafi and the iron fist with which he ruled, as we have seen he could be overthrown and replaced. On the other hand sharia law has remained essentially in tact for about 14 centuries. Replacing one with the other is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire- definitely not progress and a step backwards if anything. jcw

  4. Some people are psychologically dependent upon having rules to live by even if the rules can make life not worth living.
    Others need to rule and finding the others psychologically deficient furnish them with rules that make ruling them easy.

    This is not a phenomenon exclusive to islam but they’ve got one hell of a set of rules!

    is dissimilar to Western ‘codified’ law in that its moral and legal guidelines are looser.

    In what sense are the moral and legal guidelines of sharia ‘looser’?

    So some of the parts are going to be left out or not going to be applied, probably beheadings and stoning, and that kind of thing, the stricter parts of it.”

    So why bother to refer to sharia at all? Why not begin thinking rationally and develop a legal code fit for the 21st Century?

    “I think it’s a measure designed to appeal to conservative Muslims, to make them support the government,” he added.

    Now we get to the crux of it, but how can we point and jest? The UK government keeps 26 wizards and an unelected token muslim woman on hand for probably quite similar purposes. We’re all doomed.

    • In reply to #11 by jjbircham:

      I wonder what it is about sharia law that makes it so popular?

      My suspicion is that it appeals to the black side of human nature. Many men (mostly) seem attracted to supremacy and domination, over both women and ‘outsiders’ in general. Absolute power corrupts…. and all that stuff?

  5. Well as long as they keep being western friendly and pumping the oil and gas, who gives a hand ? I mean without western help, they wouldn’t even be in power.

    Allah help them if they decide to be anti-western !

    (Caution ; this remark contains black humour !)

  6. We bombed Gaddaffi for this shit?

    Hope we’ve got the good sense to stay the hell out of Syria (and anywhere else) while Islamists find new and ever more interesting ways to fcuk each other over.

  7. Stevehill:

    We bombed Gaddaffi for this shit?

    I think oil and gas were stronger motives for ousting Gaddafi. Ain’t it funny how all that “protecting civilians” stuff leads to a more secure supply of oil and gas from Libya, – as long as the puppet government plays ball !

    • In reply to #18 by Mr DArcy:
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      I think oil and gas were stronger motives for ousting Gaddafi. Ain’t it funny how all that “protecting civilians” stuff leads to a more secure supply of oil and gas from Libya, – as long as the puppet government plays ball !

      . . . .and if they don’t there can always be sanctions to create oil shortages and push up the prices and profits for the other countries and companies in the cartel supplying the oil!

  8. No one in that neck of the woods ever expected Libya to knock off Khadafi and then proceed to develop a western style “civilized” democracy. Come on now. The place is a swamp of tribal anarchy. I’m very comfortable when in Algeria, their next door neighbor, and that’s a tough enough neighborhood, but you couldn’t pay me to cross over that border and hang out in Libya. Even in the times when Khadafi ruled with an iron fist, it wasn’t safe. Rule of law was arbitrary even then.

    I can’t say why the Libyans want to live under sharia, but when I asked some Algerian guys who want it in their country they said that the level of corruption was intolerable on all levels there (true that!) and they were very sure that when the Islamic revolution finally comes about, bringing sharia law with it, then corruption would disappear. This idea startled me and I was too stunned to pursue the subject. One of these same guys leaned over and said to me, “Don’t be too afraid of an Islamic revolution, it’s going to be a good thing for us.” I said, “Not for us women and the kaffar”

    But let’s not forget what is going on in Egypt right now. After a legitimately elected Muslim Brotherhood was in office for a short time, the people there realized exactly what they had done and then proceeded to kick the bastards out. Algeria’s election of the Muslim fundamentalists was canceled the minute they won and the whole 90′s and some years after that were spent beating them back down in their places. Before that election there was a good deal of positive buzz on the street there about how the FIS (Brotherhood) was really compassionate – “Look how they help the widows and provide social services!” was often heard. I expect that the same thing is heard on Libyan streets as well.

    I suppose that if the Libyans want to live in an Islamic republic then let them do so if they choose it freely. Everyone wants some other tribe’s perpetrator to suffer Draconian punishment but wait until it’s a young man from their own tribe who get’s their hand chopped off or who gets stoned to death in the town square because he’s so lonely and infatuated with a girl from a couple streets over that he couldn’t help meeting her one night and then you know what happens when they’re caught. Let women get locked away in their houses and be reduced to a child-like status and then we’ll see how these guys like it when their own Moms, wives and daughters can’t get medical care or do the shopping or any other simple errand without a male chaperone and sons and nephews escorting them everywhere. The whole thing might seem like heaven on earth to them right now but when the fundamentalist nutjobs are set loose there will be a terrible realization for the Libyans about what they’ve signed themselves up for.

    This is not Saudi Arabia where mostly that’s all they’ve ever known. These people had freedom of movement under Khadafi and are known to be very social and fun loving. I predict that sharia law and it’s revolting pious extremism won’t last in that place any more than it has in its neighbors Algeria and Egypt. But let them have a taste of the poison so they will know it the next time someone tries to pour it down their throat. Or consider this to be an inoculation that will build an immunity army for the future.

    • In reply to #19 by LaurieB:

      I can’t say why the Libyans want to live under sharia, but when I asked some Algerian guys who want it in their country they said that the level of corruption was intolerable on all levels there (true that!) and they were very sure that when the Islamic revolution finally comes about, bringing sharia law with it, then corruption would disappear.

      They don’t have to look too far afield to see that sharia law is no protection against corruption!

      • *In reply to #23 by Nitya

        They don’t have to look too far afield to see that sharia law is no protection against corruption!

        That’s true! But why don’t they see it? Even their own neighborhood Imams aren’t immune to bad judgement or unethical behavior. Why don’t they see that giving these guys power and shelter from the law will create a monster? I guess it’s the halo effect that religion still employs to get away with whatever they want including: Rape, child abuse, blatant brainwashing, fleecing the flock of their last hard earned dime, tax evasion, forced human reproduction, guilt and shame tactics for sexual behavior, murderous crusades, witch burnings, etc. and the list goes on and on ad infinitum. It’s the old “Religion is a good thing” mentality and it needs to be eradicated, not just in that part of the world, everywhere!

        I’m really hoping that the halo of Islam will be knocked to the ground when the people see what happens when political power is given to fanatic fundamentalists. Even if the halo isn’t knocked to the ground I suppose I’d be content with the halo being bent, spindled and twisted a bit. Maybe there’s only one way for this to go down. I’m very sad that there will be suffering in N. Africa while this is being sorted out. Algeria lost more than a decade of progress because of this very problem. It was a civil war with many deaths. Libya won’t eliminate corruption with an Islamic revolution, they will just create another class of super powerful elitists – the clerics, who will squeeze the life out of the people there.

        • In reply to #27 by LaurieB:

          *In reply to #23 by Nitya

          They don’t have to look too far afield to see that sharia law is no protection against corruption!

          That’s true! But why don’t they see it? Even their own neighborhood Imams aren’t immune to bad judgement or unethical behavior. Why don’t they see that giving these guys pow…

          Many Egyptians travel up to Sweden to find work while saving to get married. ( the groom has to foot the bill in Coptic weddings). One would think the comparisons would be obvious!

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