Robert Spencer At PJ Media
Were they drunk? Last week it was discovered that the U.S. website of rum brand Captain Morgan was asking visitors to check a box confirming that they were “non-Muslim.” After the box became a focus of controversy, it was quickly removed, but questions remain. The UK’s Metro newspaper says that the box “provoked intense theological debate online, with some calling it an example of ‘back door Sharia’ and others branding it ‘corporate racism.’” Neither Islam nor rum is a race, but back door Sharia? That it certainly is.
The Sharia aspect is clear. The Islamic prohibition on drinking alcohol is based on this Qur’anic passage: “O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, stone altars and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful” (5:90).
This is not a call for self-control. Like all of Islamic law, it is to be enforced by the Islamic state, with harsh punishments for those who get out of line (or stumble out of it). More