October 26th, 2011

islam

Allowed

A while ago, I bloviated about how forbidden is not the opposite of mandatory. The magic word of freedom is 'allowed'.

Hearing the news from Tunisia following their election, I'm cautiously hopeful that the winning party has the right idea. The party spokesman said:

“individual freedoms and human rights are enshrined principles” and that atheists and homosexuals are a reality in Tunisia and “have a right to exist.”
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Chaibi also denied that his party intends to make the wearing of the veil for women compulsory. “The veil is part of belief, a religious symbol, and as such has no value if it is taken from freedom
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“We will not force anyone to drink or not drink"

Tunisia’s neighbour, Libya, adopted Islamic Sharia law on Sunday as the basis of all the new regime’s laws.

Hmm... buzzkill.