The Sharia minded government of Sudan has a propensity for making news over its desire to prosecute women for doing things that just don’t agree with its version of the Muslim religion. French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised his support for Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein who faces the prospect of being lashed for the horrible crime of wearing trousers in a land where many men go around clad in trousers. “We will continue to work with her to help,” said Sarkozy, “in her struggle which is the struggle of all women and which honors her.” He commented about her “courageous” fight to be an individual who has an interpretation of the Koran which clashes with clerics in charge of Sudan religion.
Ms. al-Hussein was working for a UN group and claims Sudan had promised to respect the rights of those working for the UN including seeking permission prior to invoking criminal proceedings against any member of the staff. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that flogging was a violation of international human rights standards.
Perhaps, it is time for the United States to pass legislation which states any male in the country who wears Arab traditional dress will be condemned, not to being flogged, but to being compelled to watch the New York Knickerbocker basketball team play ten games. That will end flogging in any Arab nation.