AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL--A Taliban judge is promising that Sharia law will be reinstated in Afghanistan after coalition forces have left the country and the brutal Islamic force regains power.
Gay people, he promised, will be prosecuted and would be executed by stoning or pushing a wall on top of them.
“For homosexuals,” judge Gul Rahim told Bild, “there can only be two punishments: either stoning, or he must stand behind a wall that will fall down on him. The wall must be 2.5 to 3 meters high (8-10 ft).”
Rahim went on to praise the brutal system of enforcing religious laws used in some Muslim countries. Women are also treated particularly badly under the system.
Rahim insisted that when American forces have left the country, the Taliban will retake Kabul and institute the law across the country. Women would be required to ask permission from a male head of the household before they could leave their home and would be required to wear veils.
The regime would also institute incredibly harsh punishments for crimes like theft. Rahim used a recent case he had tried as an example.
“One man broke into a house. He stole a golden ring. The punishment that I imposed was to chop off his hand,” he said. “Then I asked the owner of the ring whether he also demanded that the thief’s leg be chopped off – since not only did he steal the ring, but he also broke into the house. So he committed two crimes. The owner of the house, however, agreed that only the hand will be chopped off.”
Earlier this year, police in the northwestern African country of Mauritania arrested 10 young men for “acts contrary to morality, committing acts forbidden by Allah, and circulating a ceremony of debauchery.” The men were attending “the birthday celebration of a homosexual.”
Mauritania, an Islamic republic with zero LGBTQ civil rights, criminalizes homosexuality as a violation of Sharia Law with an allegedly non-enforced death penalty. Article 308 of the country’s 1983 Criminal Code says, “Any adult Muslim man who commits an impudent or unnatural act with an individual of his sex will face the penalty of death by public stoning.”
Bil Browning is the Editor-in-Chief of LGBTQ Nation. His personal papers and LGBT activism memorabilia are included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History archives.