Hamid Karzai Joins the Taliban

Chicago Tribune:

Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights in the country.

The "code of conduct" issued Friday by the Ulema Council as part of a longer statement on national political issues is cast as a set of guidelines that religious women should obey voluntarily, but activists are concerned it will herald a reversal of the trend in Afghanistan since 2001 to pass laws aimed at expanding women's rights.

Among the rules: Women should not travel without a male guardian and women should not mingle with strange men in places like schools, markets or offices. Beating one's wife is prohibited only if there is no "Shariah-compliant reason," it said, referring to the principles of Islamic law.

Asked about the code of conduct at a press conference in the capital, Karzai said it was in line with Islamic law and was written in consultation with Afghan women's groups. He did not name the groups that were consulted.

"The clerics' council of Afghanistan did not put any limitations on women," Karzai said, adding: "It is the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans."

That's right Sharia in all its forms is antithetical to Women's rights, Kufr's rights or the rights of Non-Muslims in a Muslim nation. And even to the rights of Muslims themselves.

Allowing Sharia to be instituted in the constitutions of both Iraq and Afghanistan was a huge mistake. A mistake that many Iraqis and Afghans will pay for with their lives.

Hat Tip: Abdulhadi.

Posted by: Howie at 04:29 PM

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