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The Muslim Brotherhood dreams of bringing shari’a law to America. It’s occasionally useful to remember what that would mean for Americans on a daily basis:

Residents of a southern Somalia town who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, an Islamic courts official said Wednesday, adding the edict will be implemented in three days.

Public places such as shops and tea houses in Bulo Burto, about 124 miles northeast of the capital, Mogadishu, should be closed during prayer time and no one should be on the streets, said Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, the chairman of the town’s Islamic court.

Those who do not follow this edict “will definitely be beheaded according to Islamic law,” Rage told The Associated Press by phone. “As Muslims, we should practice Islam fully, not in part, and that is what our religion enjoins us to do.”

You can read more about it here. My pity for the poor Somalians, most of whom, apparently, were moderate Muslims before this radical takeover, is boundless.

UPDATE: On a somewhat related topic, the Independent Women’s Forum cites to a Janet Levy article called “The Gym Jihad.” That article details all the accomodation demands Muslims are making at both privately owned and publicly owned facilities. You’ll recognize most of these stories. Using a quotation from Levy’s article, IWF draws the perfect conclusion from the subtle push, push, push going on here:

Instead of going on the defensive, the majority of Americans need to comprehend that legally there is no obligation to afford special religious privileges to Muslims and that they are perfectly free to organized their own private clubs to satisfy their religious needs. Moreover, in the post 9/11 era:

In a post 9-11 world, it is unrealistic to expect that loud proclamations of Islamic faithfulness mixed with condemnations of U.S. policy will not raise suspicion and cause alarm. The tragedy of 9-11 has forever changed the air travel experience and certain behaviors are already constrained in the interest of American security. Is vocal and extreme religious behavior exempt?

The growing chorus of Muslim accusations of discrimination and victimization must not be permitted to intimidate us into lowering our guard against terrorism and diluting measures designed to ensure the safety of us all, including Muslims. This resolve must be accompanied by a greater focus on the societal and behavioral standards that should unite us as Americans.

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And the religion of pieces marches on

The well-disciplined Islamists are making headway in Somalia:

Heavily armed militia loyal to Somalia’s Islamic courts have arrived in Burhakaba, a town 60km from the base of the interim government in Baidoa.

Somalia’s interim prime minister says it is clear the Islamists, who control the capital, plan to advance on Baidoa.

“The national security forces are on high alert,” Ali Mohamed Ghedi said.

The leader of the Islamist gunmen in Burhakaba told the BBC that there were no such plans and that the aim was to bring Islamic Sharia law to the region.

“This development could lead to more Somali bloodshed. It is a provocation and violation of areas under control of the government,” Mr Ghedi said

His comments came as 150 government troops are reported to have defected to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

And, also in Somalia, Sharia law continues in all its dark glory:

Meanwhile in Mogadishu, at least 14 people including a woman have been arrested for watching what Islamists say was a “pornographic” film.

“They were watching a sexual film, which is forbidden in Islam” said Sheikh Dahir Shiekhow, chairman of the court in the area.

The film, being shown at a local cinema, had scenes of nudity.

“At least 20 armed militia with a Toyota pick-up car mounted with a machine-gun arrived where we watched film; they ordered us not to move and then arrested us,” said Mohamed Ade, who was released on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Shiekhow said most the detainees had been released after being warned not to watch such films again.

The Islamists, which have brought some form of law and order to areas under their control after 15 years of anarchy, believe that Sharia law is the only solution to Somalia’s problems.

My guess is that the movie watchers are only grateful that they weren’t beaten and beheaded. The ACLU is strangely silent.

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