Aceh, a province of Indonesia, is the only one of the island nation's areas to have adopted Sharia law. Over the past few years the region of 4.5 million has passed laws to bring its populace, native and otherwise, more into line with its interpretation of Sharia, opening a Sharia court and instituting a Sharia police force, passing a law to stone adulterers, banning tight pants and re-educating "punks."

The BBC reports that Aceh authorities have taken another step, instituting a regulation that bans women from straddling motorbikes when they ride behind men. Anyone who's been to Asia knows the ubiquity of motorbikes and how often pillion riders, male and female, can be seen riding astride or sidesaddle. The mayor of one Aceh city says that women straddling a bike behind a male rider is contrary to Islamic values, a risk to "people's 'morals and behaviors,'" and that a woman who rides sidesaddle "looks like a woman," which is preferred.

The regulation will be tested for a month, after which it could become law, but other Muslims have spoken out against it. One commenter wrote that none of the religion's important texts have anything to say about how motorbikes are ridden, adding that, "In a democratic country, what is claimed to be Sharia must be assessed by the public's common sense if the government aims to turn the regulation into law."


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      Evan Hayden
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is ridiculous.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      @sir duke- care to support that with an example?
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next thing you know, they'll be telling their women they can't sit on their washing machines during the spin cycle. What's a girl to do for fun in Indonesia?
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes! This, and this alone, will fix all that's wrong with the world. Way to go guys! You keep passing those brilliant laws, and it won't be long before you to are the object of an uprising and overthrow!
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SteveM
        Not very different from laws that are being passed in "Red States" all across this country. What's worse, is that the laws being passed here are not just merely stupid, they are bordering on EVIL.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          You're not stupid, do your research.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          [blocked]
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 1 Year Ago
      "That's strict." - the Taliban
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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for them to leave the medieval era behind and join us in the 21st century.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Muslim American of Indian/Pakistani heritage, it is **** like this that makes our religon look bad. Despite what might be echoed by the media, 99% of Muslims are peaceful, loving people. We do not advocate violence or discrimination against women, and we are outraged when it happens.Extremists do not represent us any more than the Westboro church represents Christians.
        Kurt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Except Westboro does not have any political power. If 99% of the population are like this why do they let the 1% make laws that they find contradictory to their beliefs? Is that why you come to America, so that you can be free of them?
          icon149
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          @FuelToTheFire What you said doesnt' make sense. if the only place where laws like this are passed are where muslims are in the majority, then obviously it is the prevailing view of the muslims there. Perhaps that is true strong of a statement. but it is still a large number of poeple with enough political and economic clout to get something so completely backwards past into law. Oh well, they will slowly slip into economic ruin and become more and more inconsequential without an educated and empowered female class. To bad muslims don't seem to be able to read modern history books.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          How the hell did this guy go from +1 to a +14 in 20 minutes?
          Klep
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          In many of these countries there is no form of democracy, so it doesn't matter what 99% of the population wants, it only matters what those in power decide is "best". The 99% would "let" this happen because of established social expectations including lack of questioning authority due to fear of... ah, forget it. You'll just downvote and continue with your prejudiced ignorance regardless.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          [blocked]
        Klep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        That last sentence is so great. I can only imagine the kind of ignorant prejudice you've encountered since 9/11. So many stupid, hate-filled people out there.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Totally, what makes your religion look bad has nothing to do with the sanctioned killing of women, killing people of other religions, killing muslims who want to follow another faith, riots, violence or terrorism in the name of Islam. Its girls who cant ride motorbikes.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ELG
          Extremism like that is what makes us look bad. Believe it or not, there are SEVERAL Muslims who oppose the disgusting things which the extremists do.
        Klep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I was appalled to come back and see this comment downvoted. I realize car sites draw mostly conservative people, but damn. I guess I was wrong for thinking you all were better that.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Klep
          I wouldn't put the blame on conservatism, just on morons who happen to be conservative. I happen to lean mostly to the right myself, but I'm just appaled to see how the Republicans are starting to attract more radical hate-mongerers, and how the Republicans are more focused on trivial social issues than actually cutting to the chase and implementing true fiscal conservatism. They are becoming almost hypocritical... they are supposed to be the party of personal freedom and personal responsibility, but they want to control what goes on in our bedrooms. This is exactly why I'd like to see a viable third party emerge..... a party with hands-off, true fiscally conservative policies, which couldn't care less about social issues, and wants to stop wasting time and money fighting wars. I predict that the Libertarian party will become a major party within the next 10 years.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Rah rah, you're different and making a logical statement, rah rah i'm gonna downvote you because i'm ignorant. There is no reason your comment should be downvoted. Anyone who actually did downvote it has simply shown they lack the ability to make logical thoughts and are unable to look at a situation without being the biased morons which they are.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          [blocked]
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sharia law. Such a great way to just start giving up on all your rights and become a animal slave.
        Nathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Sharia law as it pertains to women, is just the excuse men use to stay in control of 'their' women.
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Sort of like Obama law. Denied health care in old age, continual eroding your privacy, watch the purchasing power of your money decline because of reckless government spending, and soon a rematch in the endless battle to disarm American citizens. All while drones fly over U.S. soil and Homeland Security buys another billion rounds of ammunition. Now, you were saying something about "animal slave"?
          d.hollywood
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          Try forming a world view that does'nt involve overdosing on AM radio windbag talking points.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          d.hollywood what Walt said is actually true and it doesn't require being tuned into AM radio all the time. I could care less what happens with gun control, but as far as monetary policy punishing savers, continuous invasion of privacy, erosion of freedom, all that is still true. Bush started and now Obama is 2.0-ing it.
          montegod7ss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          So you pick and choose what rights you support? True Americans fight for the every right, whether it be the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 13th, or any other.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          As a fiscal conservative myself, I think the Republicans are too busy with trivial social issues than to get some actual work done. Besides, don't the Republicans want to "end privacy", like outlawing abortions and gay marriage. Americans are tired of the constant gridlock between Democrats and Republicans, and want to see some actual work done in building the American economy in a true American way: fiscally conservative and pro-business, anti-spending , without getting involved in social issues. Mark my word, the Linertarians will become a major party by 2020.
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      I'm muslim and this is so dumb. I doubt this has any basis in Sharia what so ever, just countries interpreting their cultural values as "islamic law". Please don't let this colour your view of Islam, just grumpy old men with nothing better to do than show off their power by passing laws under the name of Islam. As to the comment below "But stoning women for reading a book is totally cool. Sharia law makes total sense." I doubt that has ever happened, that's just an ignorant comment. Just in the unlikely even that it DID happen it has no basis in Sharia. Again it's just some people claiming to be adherent followers of Islamic with a severely warped understanding of their religion because they have tried to make Islam fit their millenia old cultural values. Islam promotes education for all people, there are numerous ahadith where the Prophet encouraged people to travel far and wide just to get an education. His wive Ayesha used to be a teacher for both men and women after the Prophet's death.
        xspeedy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        Is stoning for adultery less bad? http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/02/world/africa/mali-couple-stoned/index.html
        Jobu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        @douche.hollywood: Most people don't want to join your Godless society simply because we don't trust hacks like you that think man is so evolved and smart on his own, You sell your intelligence and moral relativism. The hubris is stunning. Well, you and your lot have been running things for a couple of generations now- how's that working out? BJ's in the white house, crooks and cronies running wild. Yeah- this works so much better than being humble and God-fearing.
          LoneWolf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jobu
          ...and humble and god-fearing is doing great in some parts of Indonesia, apparently.
        icon149
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        all religion is a set of rules to help people live together. taken out of context and out of time... (i.e. 2000+ years ago things where different) and trying to use a literal interpretation is a recipe for disaster. religion is a wonderful thing but we need to view it through a modern lens and realize that most of the rules are now complete garbage thanks to things like refrigeration and prophylactics. No need to not eat pig... we have freezers to keep it from killing us.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      And people wonder why Americans act all arrogant and like we're better than these people. Maybe because we are?
        Jamie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Right, because there are no laws in the U.S. that are based on moral or religious views. How about "dry counties" that have enacted laws to prevent the sale of alcohol? How about laws againt prostitution, adult entertainment, public nudity? Laws againt gay marriage. Laws againt gambling. All of these laws were enacted because of moral or religious outrage. You realize most europeans look at your laws against allowing women to go topless on beaches with the same bafflement as you look upon this law? You may want to get off your high horse and take a good look at how puritanical views have and continue to shape the laws of your own country.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jamie
          BTW, I'm aware Indonesia isn't part of the middle east. Before someone thinks its funny to mention that. They do display a lot of the same backwards thinking though so I've grouped them in that bunch.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      While most cultures move forward, some...just don't.
        damienreiduae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        We Americans have moved on to having *no* culture. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, et al.
          Pinhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @damienreiduae
          Hey, I like Katy Perry ... Oh wait, did I just admit that?
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