Remember when you were in high school? Holding hands or being passionate in the halls with your girlfriend/boyfriend and some teacher would come by and make you stop quoting, “No PDA in the halls.”? (PDA in this sense meant Public Displays of Affection.) Now imagine what it would be like if that rule extended beyond the school halls and into the public. Well, that’s exactly what’s going on in Malaysia right now. So far, the rule has only applied to non-married Muslims but some sharia lawmakers want that rule extended to non-muslims as well.
The Muslims can be sentenced in sharia courts and the non-Muslim partners can probably be sentenced in the civil courts, to be fair to both parties,” a senior Malaysian sharia-court judge told the Star newspaper.
The crime these innocent people are being sentenced for is called khalwat, or close proximity, with a Muslim. Frankly, I think most people have a fairly decent amount of common sense when it comes to how we’ll go in public. There are lines we just don’t cross and some that are illegal and lead to hefty fines and jail time if we do cross. That said, I’m not against people being passionate with each other in public at all. It’s part of romance and love. If you’ve had a bad day and don’t want to watch two people being passionate in that makes-you-wanna-throw-up-but-you’re-still-happy-for-them sort of way, then don’t look. Walk away and leave them to their happiness. Let them create a joyous memory together and leave them the frak alone.
Via: The Washington Post