EXPLAINER: Islam’s ban on alcohol and how it’s applied in practice
An American pastor who has been jailed for six months for refusing to obey a Dutch-Moroccan ban on alcohol in his church was put in solitary confinement a few days ago because he drank a beer on a plane. The Dutch government’s ban on alcohol “is against the Muslim faith and Islam” because it is a “violation of the rights of the person,” said interior minister Gerard Wiekierski, who was sworn in last week as the new head of the Cabinet.
At the same time, Islam’s “banned list” lists just about everything. It’s a religious system that’s been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Jordan, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria and Mauritania.
“The Islamic system of law is a system that demands that the Islamic community follow certain rules,” said Zulfiqar Ali, the head of the Islamic Center of New York. He and other Christians have also been targeted for using Islamic law in their court cases.
It’s also a religious system that’s banned in the United States. The state of Virginia made a “partial repeal” of the Muslim ban official law on January 26, 2017.
“The law recognizes that there is a religious tradition in addition to the traditions of our law,” said a press statement issued by Virginia’s Office of Attorney General Mark Herring. Virginia’s governor would have the power to make the full repeal of the Muslim ban official law if he wanted to. (So his office is waiting for the Governor’s signature on all bills and any amendments before the House or Senate takes it up. In the meantime, state law requires Herring’s office to issue an advisory opinion to county clerks if the Virginia Department of