Friday, April 5, 2019

Oppressing the Third World

Brunei has announced new laws.  4/4/19 Straits Times:
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI (AFP) - Transgender woman Zoella Zayce fled her native Brunei last year as the country shifted towards hardline Islam, and thinks more of the LGBT community will follow after the death penalty for gay sex was introduced.
The absolute monarchy on tropical Borneo island, ruled by a sultan who has been on the throne five decades, implemented tough new Islamic laws on Wednesday (April 3), including death by stoning for sex between men, and adultery.
The new syariah penal code has sparked a global outcry, with governments around the world condemning the measures, and celebrities - led by actor George Clooney - calling for Brunei-owned hotels to be boycotted.
While I am horrified by this new law, whatever happened to the traditional leftist respect for local tradition and sovereignty?  Sounds like ethnocentrism to me.

1 comment:

AlanKH said...

Yet another reason why the word "intersectionality" always brings traffic collisions to mind.