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New Leader: Libya To Scrap Non-Sharia Laws

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Libya declares liberation with an Islamic tone

By Mary Beth Sheridan
Published: October 23, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya’s top leader declared the country officially “liberated” Sunday from the four-decade rule of Moammar Gaddafi, pledging to replace his dictatorship with a more democratic but also a more strictly Islamic system.

And what could be more democratic than the dictatorship of Sharia Law, where women are not even counted as full persons?

In a speech to a cheering, flag-waving crowd, Mustafa Abdel Ja­lil, head of the Transitional National Council, promised to ban interest on housing loans and scrap other laws that didn’t conform to Islamic jurisprudence.

Notice how the Washington Post only mentions banning interest on housing loans (which is one of the demands of the OWS movement) and none of the more awkward tenets of "Islamic jurisprudence." Such as polygamy or taking away the right to vote from women.

But this is how the is how the first version of this article originally read: “Abdul-Jalil laid out a vision for a new Libya with an Islamist tint, saying Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation, and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified. He outlined several changes to align with Islamic law, including putting caps on interest for bank loans and lifting restrictions on the number of wives Libyan men can take. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, allows men up to four wives… Displaying his own piety, he then stepped aside from the podium and knelt to offer a prayer of thanks.”

But, apparently, even calling this an “Islamist tint” was too much for the Washington Post’s editors. So they had to tone it down.

Although he lacks the power to make such changes himself, his comments, on such a symbolically significant day, suggested that Islam could play a greater role in public life in the new Libya

Yes, basing all your laws on Sharia Law could give Islam a greater role in Libya. Not that this should be news to anyone, except perhaps the news media.

As we have noted before, the rebels have been promising to implement Sharia Law all along. Our news media and the rest of the Democrat Party have just chosen to ignore all of that until their victory was assured.

Tens of thousands of Libyans poured into Keish square in Benghazi, the eastern city that was the cradle of the revolution, to celebrate the defeat of Gaddafi in a U.S.-backed eight-month struggle. For a population that had not known freedom of speech or real elections for decades, it marked a dream

"Dream" is probably the right word here. And, unfortunately, they are probably in for a rude awakening.

Few were bothered by the spectacle hundreds of miles away in the northwestern city of Misurata, where Gaddafi’s body was on public display in a frozen-food locker for the third straight day…

Why should they be bothered. That is what ‘democracy looks like.’ (Which is why our Founders did not want a ‘democracy’ for our country.)

Abdel Jalil, a slight and balding former justice minister, paid homage Sunday to those who lost their lives in the civil war. “This revolution started as peaceful, to demand the minimum. But Gaddafi started killing people with heavy weapons,” he said. Dozens of people in the crowd hoisted gold-framed pictures of relatives who had been killed

(See the Human Rights Watch report, via the AP below.)

In what surprised some in attendance, Abdel Jalil gave prominence to the role of Islamic law in the new Libya. “We are an Islamic state,” he said, and he pledged to get rid of regulations that didn’t conform to Islamic law.

Among them would be charging interest, he said. “The interest [on loans] will be ruled out. You will not pay it anymore,” he said, to thunderous applause from the crowd. The Islamic banking system prohibits charging interest, which is regarded as usury.

But Islamic law encompasses a wide range of approaches to governance, and senior Libyan officials played down the changes Abdel Jalil was proposing, saying that he wanted to outlaw interest on housing and personal loans, but not on business loans. He also envisioned changing marriage laws to make it easier for men to take a second wife, they said

Libya is a conservative Muslim society, in which alcohol is banned and many women wear head scarves. Gaddafi’s government tolerated little dissent and often repressed Islamists. But Libya’s Islamist groups appear to have emerged as the best-organized among post-revolution political groups.

What a coincidence. This is also what has happened in Egypt and Tunisia. What are the odds?

By the way, the "Islamists" that Mr. Gadhafi repressed the most was Al Qaeda.

The U.S. government has been uneasy about the prominence of some Islamists among the revolutionaries, but Libya’s new leaders have tried not to alienate them.

In any event, changing Libya’s laws will be time-consuming and will need more than Abdel Jalil’s approval, officials said. Libyans will vote in June for a 200-member body that will rewrite the constitution, putting the country on track for full elections for a new chief executive and parliament.

Abdel Jalil is considered religious but not an extremist. His comments may have been intended to win support from Islamists within the military command, as well as score points with ordinary Libyans fed up with high interest rates on loans.

We’re sure the Ayatollah Khomeini was similarly passionate about mortgage interest. (For the record, Mr. Jalil’s degree is in  Sharia Law from the University of Libya.)

Western officials and human rights groups continued to express concern Sunday about Gaddafi’s death in custody. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would strongly support investigations by the United Nations and the Transitional National Council into the death

Has our top diplomat run through all her jokes about Gadhafi’s death already?

There has been no indication that Libya’s governing authorities ordered Gaddafi’s execution, but cellphone videos depicting revolutionaries kicking and smacking him have raised questions about whether they were the source of the gunshot to his head. An autopsy concluded Sunday in Misurata confirmed that the shot killed Gaddafi, Libya’s chief pathologist, Othman al-Zintani, told the Associated Press…

Meanwhile, according to other reports, “the provisional government in Libya is claiming Gaddafi was killed in a shootout in the city of Sirte, where the ousted leader had been hiding.”

Whom to believe?

Meanwhile, from the Associated Press:

Rights group finds mass grave in Gadhafi hometown

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press
October 23, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A human rights groups says it has discovered 53 decomposing bodies, apparently of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists, some of whom may have been executed by revolutionary forces.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said Monday that the discovery in Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte "seems part of a trend of killings, looting and other abuses committed by anti-Gadhafi fighters who consider themselves above the law."

Remember, the US and NATO went into Libya to to enforce a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians, not to change the regime. Or at least that is what we were told.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “New Leader: Libya To Scrap Non-Sharia Laws”

  1. BigOil says:

    So the Arab Spring has morphed into Sharia Summer. What is up next – Wahabi Winter?

  2. Petronius says:

    Wash Post : “Abdel Jalil is considered religious but not an extremist.”

    How can they tell? All these creeps look and sound the same to me –– all equally extreme.

    What does it take to register as an “extremist” on the Post’s radar? Perhaps a Tea Party grandmother in a Martha Washington bonnet and waving a Gadsden flag? Yes, no doubt that would do the trick.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      it all went off the rails when Arafat won the peace prize.

      Somehow, the earth now rotates off-plumb and the new “normal” is anything that is against the Constitutional-minded way of thinking.

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