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Cuddling Kafir Law

In Malaysia Islamic lawyers want to extend an existing ban on cuddling between unwed Muslims to cover flirty infidels, too. Here’s Reuters:

Experts in sharia law, which currently applies only to Malaysia’s majority Muslims, proposed at a seminar that there should be a civil law to deal with non-Muslims found committing the Islamic crime of khalwat, or close proximity, with a Muslim.

This may come as devastating news to Barack Obama, who has pledged to meet with leaders of all Muslim nations and, in his own terminology, “bridge the gap” between Muslims and Westerners. A teleconference may have to suffice, after all.

“The Muslims can be sentenced in sharia courts and the non-Muslim partners can probably be sentenced in the civil courts, to be fair to both parties,” said a senior Malaysian sharia-court judge.

Novel use of the word “fair.”

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