As the militants of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, continue to take over cities and villages in the Middle East, the full horror of their “justice system” is being exposed for its barbarity and degradation.
A new list, published by ISIS for the people whose land it occupies, sets out what punishments can be expected for crimes such as adultery, theft and, of course, being homosexual.
Obviously the most serious offense, blasphemy against God or his prophet, is punishable by death, while adulterers who engage in a sexual relationship are to be stoned to death.
Any person found guilty of “highway robbery” is set to face crucifixion, while drinking alcohol and gossiping each get 80 lashes.
It’s very bad news if you are gay under ISIS, as both the “giver and receiver” are punishable by death, no questions asked.
The new list begins with a statement with lays out exactly what “criminals” can expect under ISIS,
“Therefore, the Islamic State, believing in God – Almighty and Exalted is He – who has sent down the Book, and regarding as kufr [disbelief] the nations united to wage war on the Lord of the Lords, and regarding as kufr [disbelief] the judgements / rulings put in place by those created from the soil, pledges to God – Almighty and Exalted is He – to rule by His Shari’a in His land among His servants even if the disbelievers hate it. Thus we would like to make clear to the people the hudud [religious punishments] of God- Almighty and Exalted is He- as a warning and deterrent.”
The document continues, “And indeed the Islamic State will not compromise on this great attainment for whose sake it has offered hundreds of martyrs from its pious and pure sons, but rather it has established the law of God among its soldiers, and it has brought judgements even of death without exception among them.”
For now it remains to be seen what will in fact be done by the West to curtail the ISIS threat in the Middle East, as well as protect the human rights of thousands of people living under the brutal regime of the Islamic State.
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