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Are Sharia-Tainted Businesses on the Ropes?

by Ronn Torossian

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Los Angeles liberals are –rightfully – abuzz at the decision by the government of Brunei to adopt strict Sharia laws.  The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday called for new ownership of the hotel so it “will not be tarnished by the Brunei government’s actions.” Even Kim Kardashian’s bridal shower, which was originally planned for the Beverly Hills Hotel, was relocated.  Protests have erupted over “extreme and inhumane” Sharia laws, and mainstream media has reported pressures against the Brunei government for their stance on human rights, homosexuality and other issues. Brunei’s laws call for strong punishments for those found guilty of homosexuality or adultery — including stoning the convicted to death.

Rightfully, comedian Jay Leno said, “It’s not a political issue. This is not something that’s debatable. … It’s people being stoned to death.” Clearly this is the first time in many years that Hollywood has had its collective heads screwed on straight. One wonders what is next in terms of combating Sharia law countries and how far people will go to challenge Sharia law countries’ ownership interests –and sponsorships – in America.

Sharia money has a long reach.  This weekend, in Central Park, the New York City Road Runners run was sponsored by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy, in honor of the late President Sheikh Zayed.  The UAE also practices Sharia law – adultery and homosexuality are illegal, and wife beating is legal, assuming no physical marks are left on the woman.  Of course, today, if one is in the UAE they aren’t likely to use social media – as the freedom to use social media, does not extend to all. Under a 2012 cybercrime law that features vaguely defined offenses and harsh penalties, an American was arrested last year and served nine months in a maximum security prison for posting a negative video about the sons of powerful Dubai officials…

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