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Brunei Begins Implementation of Sharia Law Punishments, to Include Death by Stoning for Homosexual Acts

After a short delay, the southeast Asian nation of Brunei will today begin implementation of a sharia law penal code which includes stoning to death any person convicted of sodomy and other sexually related offenses.

SultanofbruneiThe United Nations human rights office ... voiced deep concern about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences, including robbery, adultery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

Rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, and murder are the other offences for which the death penalty could be applied under the revised code...

Al Jazeera reports:

"Today... I place my faith in and am grateful to God the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said.

Islamic law penalties would be introduced over time and would eventually include flogging, amputation and death by stoning for various crimes.

Many members of the Muslim ethnic Malay majority have voiced cautious support for the changes. However, non-Muslim citizens led a rare burst of criticism on social media earlier this year, but largely went silent after the sultan called for a halt.

"Theory states that God's law is harsh and unfair, but God himself has said that his law is indeed fair," the sultan said.

News of the law has caused a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, which many high-profile celebrities including Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres have joined in recent days.

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  1. It would be more effective to hit this mega-billionaire where it hurts, his oil money, rather than boycott one speck of his vast real estate holdings that is, in fact, a very gay-friendly place. The Beverly Hills Hotel has a ton of gay employees, the management has offered domestic partner benefits for years, and welcomes gay weddings on its property. You could hardly find a more gay supportive business than BHH. So, um, let's boycott it? I'm sure the Sultan will change his religious beliefs because his investments take a .0000001% drop. Meanwhile, the gay employees and gay friendly staff suffer.

    Posted by: Eric | May 1, 2014 8:48:00 AM

  2. I like all his cute flair.

    Posted by: jeo | May 1, 2014 9:01:53 AM

  3. The fact that they are stoning ANYONE is completely barbaric and totally f**ed up. This is so sad and evil :(

    Posted by: Lucas H | May 1, 2014 9:23:43 AM

  4. Uh NO, Eric!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 1, 2014 9:25:18 AM

  5. Isn't this the wacko that had Michael Jackson living with him for years after his acquittal?

    He definitely has Michael's taste in that trashy uniform look.

    Posted by: Jonnycakes | May 1, 2014 9:58:14 AM

  6. Lets not forget the plight of women in this little banna republic/kingdom. This guys is an all-around *&$

    Posted by: spg | May 1, 2014 10:04:55 AM

  7. Apparently, on top of stoning the gays they will amputate thieves. So don't steal a pack of gum, kids. Just hideous all around.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 1, 2014 10:09:02 AM

  8. Madness. Total madness.

    Posted by: DANSWON | May 1, 2014 10:14:35 AM

  9. I support the boycott. You don't go patronizing the hotels of a madman like this and adding to his pocketbook. I'd be as uncomfortable, actually more so patronizing the Beverly Hills Hotel, than I would a Chick-fil-a.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 1, 2014 10:25:49 AM

  10. Does the Sultan of Brunei ever travel to civilised countries.

    If he does then the next time he sets foot in a civilised country I want him arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.

    Where does he keep his assets - are his European and American based riches to be frozen while an international arrest warrant is issued.

    As for the Beverly Hills hotel - its gay employees need to find alternative employment. That hotel is part of the problem.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 1, 2014 10:31:51 AM

  11. Another example of people with too much money to care.

    It must be nice to be rich.

    Posted by: Rad | May 1, 2014 11:12:42 AM

  12. So if you really believe in your law, then come to California and stone me for being a non-muslim....I dare you.

    Posted by: gb | May 1, 2014 11:22:14 AM

  13. When do the "Stone the Sultan" tee shirts go on sale?

    Posted by: Bill | May 1, 2014 2:15:03 PM

  14. F*ck him and F*ck the Quran!

    This is nothing more than insane, barbaric madness from total control freaks with way too much money.

    And yet, our government will say nothing about it.

    Posted by: johnny | May 1, 2014 2:23:28 PM

  15. RE:"Theory states that God's law is harsh and unfair, but God himself has said that his law is indeed fair," the sultan said.

    His god is a book of deceit and his people have forsaken love for hate. Let them all be known as a people of lies, deception, and treachery.

    Posted by: 1♥ | May 1, 2014 2:54:02 PM

  16. "Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia." (from Google)

    It is a little speck of Malaysia.

    With this recent announcement I wonder if the natives are stocking up on stones? What if a married gay couple went there? Would they be stoned upon arrival? Does the law apply to foreign visitors? Go to Hawaii to get a lei. Go to Brunei to get stoned.

    Posted by: james st. james | May 1, 2014 5:53:48 PM

  17. Declaring oneself a non-Muslim will be a punishable offence... by the DEATH PENALTY?!

    Oh and penalties would be introduced over time that would eventually include FLOGGING, and AMPUTATION?!
    What kind of sick, sadistic, sociopathic monster is this?! What happened to him to decide to make these changes?

    And his people were 'cautiously' supportive?! Disgusting. Maybe these people who live there ought to take a lesson from nature. I remember that at least with some species of bees, if a queen bee starts malfunctioning, they kill and replace her.

    His long dead prophet is nothing but an over glorified DIRTY WIZARD.

    Posted by: Change | May 1, 2014 8:01:52 PM

  18. isn't his son a well known Kween? the Mariah Carey booking for private parties type of queen? nothing wrong with that tho

    Posted by: diego | May 2, 2014 12:21:02 PM

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