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Published:July 25th, 2009 20:02 EST
Malaysian Model Accepts Flogging For Drinking Beer

Malaysian Model Accepts Flogging For Drinking Beer

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A MALAYSIAN woman sentenced to flogging for drinking beer has accepted the Islamic court`s order, saying she wants the punishment to be carried out soon, news reports said on Thursday.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a 32-year-old model, was arrested on charges of drinking beer after Islamic authorities raided a hotel nightclub last year. She was sentenced Monday to six lashes with a rattan cane after pleading guilty in the Shariah High Court.

Consuming alcohol is a religious offense in Malaysia only for Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the population. Offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts, which handle cases mainly related to family and moral issues for Muslims. Most alcohol offenders are fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term and caning.

`I will accept this earthly punishment,` the national news agency Bernama quoted her as saying. `I want to advise youngsters to learn from my experience, not to repeat my mistake and cause shame to yourself and family."

Islam has so dehumanized this Malaysian model that she meekly succumbed to her sentence of six lashes with a rattan cane for the unspeakable crime of drinking a beer.

I hope Malaysian youngsters will learn from her experience, they should cringe at the spectacle of a person exhibiting such a servile and cowardly attitude. Maybe some of the more intelligent children will realize that Islam debases an individual and strips him of his dignity.

Alcohol is banned in Muslim countries, but there is no shortage of expensive liquor in the homes of the besotted Saudi royalty. Religion and hypocrisy always go hand-in-hand. I wouldn`t be surprised if the judge who meted out such a harsh sentence to the young woman drinks a whiskey or two after saying his nightly prayers.

Islam is firmly entrenched in Malaysia, and there is absolutely no hope that concepts like freedom and equality of the sexes will ever take root in that godforsaken country. It`s pointless for Westerners to beseech the Malaysian government to relax its draconian laws. Islamic nations like Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabia (hell name any Muslim county), should serve as a warning to us what happens when fundamentalists get their way.

Sharia law isn`t in effect in America (not yet anyway), and I will enjoy a beer tonight in the name of democracy, and freedom from religion.