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Anti-Shariah Law Rallies Result in Clashes Across US

Arrests made in Seattle, Minnesota

(Newser) - Small but raucous demonstrations across the country Saturday targeted the notion that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow infect American democracy, but many of the rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears an unfounded distortion of Islam, the AP reports. Hundreds of counter-protesters marched... More »

Gay Couple Sentenced to 85 Lashes

'The prosecution is very harsh. The verdict is harsher'

(Newser) - An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy . The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homophobia and... More »

An Ancient Divorce Practice May Be Outlawed in India

Muslim men in India must only say 'talaq' 3 times

(Newser) - After 13 years of marriage to an allegedly abusive husband, a Muslim mother in India is formally protesting how easy it was for him to leave her—he divorced her by writing a letter containing the word "talaq," or divorce, three times, to her parents. "I was... More »

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits

Some had to buy 'Islam for Dummies' before joining: AP

(Newser) - The Islamic State isn't exactly choosy about who gets to enter its ranks, based on an examination by the AP of thousands of leaked ISIS documents that show recruits often had very little, if any, religious knowledge to back up their desire to join—with a couple of British... More »

Afghan Mullah Arrested for Marrying 6-Year-Old

Sayed Mohammad Karim says girl was 'gift' from her parents; they say she was kidnapped

(Newser) - A case in Afghanistan has pitted a religious figure against the outraged parents of a 6-year-old girl, underscoring the ongoing problems surrounding child marriages there. Per Radio Free Europe , Sayed Mohammad Karim, a mullah in the Ghor province said to be in his 50s, was arrested last week and charged... More »

Idaho Could Lose Millions Over Sharia Law Fears

Child support payments could be affected, too

(Newser) - Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal child support funding after Legislature conservatives killed a measure that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules. The opponents were concerned the legislation could have forced the state to uphold child support rulings made in other... More »

Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US

Philly mayor greets Sudanese woman, gives Liberty Bell replica as liberation gift

(Newser) - Being called a "world freedom fighter" by the mayor is a nice way to be greeted when you land in Philly. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, the woman who came perilously close to being hanged in Sudan for renouncing Islam, marrying a Christian, and converting to Christianity, arrived in the... More »

Sudan Convicts Alleged Gang-Rape Victim

Sentence will be suspended because she's pregnant

(Newser) - A Sudanese court has convicted a pregnant 18-year-old of "indecent acts" for having the temerity to be the victim of an alleged gang-rape last August. The Ethiopian woman, then 3-months pregnant, was house hunting when seven men allegedly pinned her down, raped her, and filmed it, inside an otherwise... More »

Saudis Arrest Free Huggers

But they're unrepentant, will hug again

(Newser) - Offering free hugs to strangers is not cool with Saudi Arabia's religious police. Earlier this week, a young Saudi man named Bandr al-Swed posted a video to YouTube in which he walked through the streets of Riyadh with a "Free Hugs" sign, giving them out happily to men... More »

Brunei May Now Stone Adulterers to Death

Oil-rich kingdom to usher in sharia criminal law in 6 months

(Newser) - Beginning in April, adulterers in Brunei could find themselves stoned to death. That's because the country today announced that it will in six months begin enforcing sharia criminal law, which also includes such punishments as limb severing for theft and flogging for drinking alcohol. Sharia law will only apply... More »

Young Afghans Like Western Clothes, Not Western Ideas

Women's rights not catching on

(Newser) - Young people in Afghanistan are sporting more Western clothes and haircuts these days, reports the New York Times , but one trapping they haven't picked up in a decade of Coalition troops on their streets: Western ideas. In particular, women's rights, which many young Afghan men—and women—continue... More »

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes

Also gets 7 years in prison for insulting Islam, but avoids death

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for using his website to insult Islam. Believe it or not, that's a lighter sentence than Raif Badawi, 35, might have received: he was originally arrested last year for apostasy (or abandoning religion), a crime... More »

Islamists Cut Off Mali Thief's Hand

UN, African Union weigh military intervention

(Newser) - The Islamic rebel groups in control of much of northern Mali are continuing their drive to bring in Sharia law's harsh punishments. In a village near the regional capital Gao, extremists cut off the hand off an alleged thief in front of dozens of witnesses, the BBC reports. "... More »

Nigerian State Playing Matchmaker for Thousands

Seeks to remedy apparently soaring divorce rate

(Newser) - Nigeria's Kano state is worried: The number of divorces appears to be skyrocketing. And a divorced woman there faces a raft of problems—she may be shunned, in some cases forced to beg or prostitute herself to support her family. So the state government is taking the matter into... More »

143 Dead in Nigeria Attacks

Islamic sect Boko Haram claims responsibility

(Newser) - An official at a hospital in northern Nigeria says at least 143 people have been killed in coordinated attacks in the nation's second largest city. The radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for yesterday's violence in Kano, a city of more than 9 million people... More »

Appeals Court Blocks Oklahoma Ban on Sharia

10th Circuit says it's 'likely unconstitutional'

(Newser) - An amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic or international law in their decisions discriminates against religions, a federal appeals court said today. The justices said a Muslim community leader, Muneer Awad, has the right to sue over First Amendment concerns. The court in Denver upheld a lower-court... More »

Victoria Jackson: Muslims Taking Over US

Former 'SNL' star describes 6-hour FBI meeting

(Newser) - The Huffington Post delivers a belated Christmas present in the form of yet another bizarre Victoria Jackson story , this one unearthed from an episode of her web talk show that ran last week. On "PolitiChicks," the former Saturday Night Live cast member claims that the United States has... More »

Merciful Female Acid Victim Denied Compensation

Iranian courts decide attacker's pardon cancels payout

(Newser) - After Amenah Bahrami agreed to a pardon , the rejected suitor who blinded her by throwing acid in her face got to keep his eyesight. Now, the Iranian courts have decided that he gets to keep his cash as well. Majid Movahedi, who was minutes away from having acid dropped in... More »

Libyan Leader: We'll Be Ruled by Sharia

Laws contrary to Islam will be nullified: Mustafa Abdul Jalil

(Newser) - The leader of Libya's transitional government has announced that the nation will be ruled by Islamic Sharia law. Sharia will be the "basic source for all law" in Libya, Mustafa Abdul Jalil told thousands of supporters at a "liberation" ceremony in Benghazi yesterday. Current laws that contradict... More »

Russian Women Bombed for Wearing Bikinis

Life's a beach on the Caspian Sea

(Newser) - Russian women have become the target of bombers because they're ... wearing bikinis. While men show off their muscles and wrestle on the beaches of the Caspian Sea, women in the increasingly fundamentalist Islamic region of Dagestan have been blown up as a warning that they must cover up, reports... More »

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