The Obama Administration is creating more fallacies in its crony capitalist push for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) and others sent a letter to the administration asserting that we should not give trade privileges to countries that persecute Christians. Brunei recently adopted Sharia Law and is intending to be a part of the US-led TPP.
Instead of rethinking its approach, the administration has doubled down, stating the impossible. That Sharia law is consistent with human rights.
This article from the Borneo Bulletin Online – “The Independent Newspaper in Brunei Darussalam, Sabah and Sarawak” presents an interesting question about how the US government is approaching Brunei’s adoption of Sharia law in the TPP. Is the USG completely fine with stoning to death as a punishment for adultery? What about making proselytizing Christianity a criminal act?
US government ‘completely agrees’ Islam consistent with human rights
Khal Baharulalam & Siti Hajar |http://borneobulletin.com.bn/us-government-completely-agrees-islam-consistent-human-rights/
WITH the first phase of the Syariah Penal Code of 2013 implemented and international concerns trailing as to how it impacts communities other than that of Islam, Shaarik Zafar, in his capacity as the Special Representative for the Muslim Communities at the United States (US) Department of State, at a media interview yesterday shared that the US government “completely agrees” with the statement that “Islam and the Syariah Law is fully consistent with human rights law”.
Shaarik Zafar is in the Sultanate as part of his responsibility to drive Senator Kerry’s policy to engage with the Muslim community on issues of mutual interests and goals. Part of his itinerary in promoting this particular cause yesterday included meetings with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Home Affairs as well as the Minister of Religious Affairs.
At the media interview, Shaarik Zafar clarified that while the US government had expressed its concerns to the government with regards to the Syariah Penal Code of 2013, he said, “The US government is a secular government and is therefore in no position to say what the Syariah Law is or isn’t”.
Noting that the legislation of the Syariah Penal Code is still in its first phase and is therefore still in process, he added that the US Department of State is “closely monitoring” the law’s progress.