Quote# 78714

Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Under the ban imposed in the southern town of Jowhar, men and women who are not related are also barred from walking together or chatting in public.

It is the first time such social restrictions have been introduced.

The al-Shabab administration said those who disobeyed the new rules would be punished according to Sharia law.

The BBC's Mohamed Moalimuu in Mogadishu says the penalty would probably be a public flogging.

The militant group has already banned music in areas that it controls, which include most of central and southern Somalia.

al-Shabab, BBC News 55 Comments [1/12/2011 11:10:21 AM]
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Banned MUSIC?

What are they, the Blue Meanies? This is like cartoon villain stuff, what the hell.

1/12/2011 11:14:56 AM


Handshakes? Walking? Talking? Basic human communication is...pretty normal, not something to be regulated. This is just extreme. Holy crap, I'm glad to live in America. And music?! I'd go crazy.

1/12/2011 11:21:37 AM


Aww, the Blue Meanies... yeh, that is such a great movie.

And the things that happen in Somalia are just sick. We live just once, and why should anyone suffer under these dsigusting conditions? People need contact, people need music. It is just wrong to impose such laws!

1/12/2011 11:23:36 AM

Reverend Jeremiah

Somallia...worse than afghanastan

1/12/2011 11:42:13 AM


Dear fundies everywhere,

THIS is why we don't want you in charge. You taint everything with your fuckwittery.

1/12/2011 11:45:03 AM

Dr. Shrinker

That gnashing sound you hear is the teeth of all of the jealous Christian fundamentalists here in the USA. It is something I will be sure to mention when people ask, "What's wrong with...
...teaching creationism along with evolution?
...having students pause for a moment of silence in class
...insisting that retail stores clerks say 'Merry Christmas'
...putting crosses up on public lands

1/12/2011 11:48:48 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Meh. The backward Third World "nation" wracked by anarchy known as Somalia is the third-biggest shithole on the planet (the other two being North Korea and Burma-- sorry, Myanmar you evil dictator Than Shwe) If al-Shabab is the Taliban all over again, then I do not care. Let them destroy themselves so that they cannot harm anyone else.

1/12/2011 12:52:11 PM

Doubting Thomas

Is the Christian side-hug still permitted?

1/12/2011 12:56:09 PM

Mihangel apYrs

ah, Somalia, land of piracy and cruelty. A land whence refugees flee. A failed nation sinking into the abyss of chaos and anarchy. And incivility

1/12/2011 1:10:29 PM

Table Rock

Sounds like Bob Jones University has an outreach program.

1/12/2011 1:33:56 PM

Can't you just ban breathing and be done with it?

1/12/2011 1:40:05 PM


Why can't they just ban their thralls from procreating?

1/12/2011 1:44:05 PM


Banning music, talking, and hand holding? The FUCK is that supposed to accomplish?

1/12/2011 1:55:06 PM

Jesus Klingon

Just because you can't keep it in your pants when you're with a woman, that doesn't mean everybody else has to suffer.

1/12/2011 2:03:30 PM

practical god

And coming soon, no touching, of any kind, at all, ever.

(Somalia, doing its bit for world population control.)

1/12/2011 2:03:46 PM

Old Viking

I thought al-Shabab is a skewer with alternating vegetables and meat.

1/12/2011 2:13:59 PM



But then again, we already knew that Somalia is a shithole.

1/12/2011 2:17:03 PM


>>Brendan Rizzo

If al-Shabab is the Taliban all over again, then I do not care. Let them destroy themselves so that they cannot harm anyone else. <<

You do not care about the people who are being oppressed by these outrageous rules??

How is such a lack of compassion possible?

1/12/2011 2:22:36 PM


That should cause population decline if nothing else.

1/12/2011 2:43:14 PM


al-Shabab sounds like a phrase from a doo-wop song and in the end probably less significant. Al-shabab bab, al-shabab bab...

1/12/2011 2:47:15 PM

Are you kidding? Try taking this up with the pirates - the guys walk about with RPGs in the streets.

Somalia Is lawless and imposing sharia won't do anything.

Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free...

1/12/2011 2:48:03 PM


Even Mohammed would laugh

1/12/2011 3:00:45 PM


Just like what happened in Afghanistan. Islamic fundamentalism really is like grey goo.

1/12/2011 3:09:19 PM


Sounds like what the KKK used to do blackmen who spoke to white women.

1/12/2011 3:29:17 PM


This is exactly what happens when the corrupt al-Saoud family is given free reign to spread their wahhabist filth all over the world.

1/12/2011 3:38:19 PM

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