Sunday, October 29, 2006

No Khalwat For You!

Randall Barnhart, 62, and his wife Carole, 61, were rudely awakened at 2 AM by shouts in Malay and pounding on the door of their rented condominium unit in Langkawi, Malaysia. When Barnhart cracked the door, he found six Malays dressed in blue jackets with a government department crest on their breast pockets. One produced identification from the Islamic Affairs Department.

"You are Muslim, we are coming in," they cried. Mr Barnhart replied, "I told them we were Christians." The Islamic Affairs agents accused the Barnharts of khalwat, close proximity, which Islam forbids between unmarried people of opposite sex. The Barnharts were certainly guilty of close proximity, having been married for 42 years.

The Muslims demanded to see his "woman," then their marriage license. Barnhart recounts, "I told them I did not have it on me... Next, they demanded to see our passports, so I showed them. They took down our passport numbers and noted that we were from the US. Then one said 'thank you' and shook my hand."

Barnhart made a complaint to the US embassy which reached Malaysian Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansor, who promised to look into it. Said his spokesman, "The minister does not like things like this happening to tourists as it spoils the country's image."

4 Comments:

Blogger Right Wing said...

The only thing Muslims care about is intimidation, both of Muslims and non-Muslims. If people think that just because they aren't Muslim that they will be exempt from Sharia law (if it makes it's way to free countries) they are in for a big surprise.

Mon Oct 30, 01:14:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Dar said...

"[I]t spoils the country's image." Never mind that it should be none of the government's damn business what two consenting adults do in private. We've got an image to protect!

Mon Oct 30, 03:36:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Tantor said...

dar,

Everything is Islam's business. Adults can not consent to do anything. They must submit to Islam in all things.

Mon Oct 30, 05:22:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Koperasi Hak Asasi Babi. Senyum-lah.. said...

what a shame. as a malaysian, i seek your forgiveness! :)

Tue Aug 19, 05:40:00 AM 2008  

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