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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 

Tunisia rejects sharia for politics

Wow, it looks like Tunisia is taking up some common sense. Well, almost:
Tunisia has rejected Islam as the source of its laws, with the country’s Islamist-dominated constituent assembly voting to adopt new articles amid fears that ongoing disagreements may derail the constitution altogether.

The country that in 2011 gave birth to the Arab Spring has adopted new articles in its upcoming constitution, the first two of which state that Tunisia is a “civil” republic based on the rule of law, but with Islam remaining as its state religion. After Saturday’s vote, 12 of the 146 articles discussed have now been adopted.

[...] Although a secular country during the former president’s rule, months of violent political unrest and assassinations opened the door for new ideas on how the country should be run. But Saturday’s vote put that on hold, retaining Islam’s position only as a moral – not legal – authority.
Nothing is "moral" about Islam. But for now, it's lucky Tunisia's not embracing it as the official political line for the country. Unfortunately, if they think Islam still makes for perfect belief systems even outside the parliament, they're terribly mistaken.

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