"...America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
— President Barack Obama, in his speech delivered in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009
Lubina Ahmed al-Hussain, a former UN employee in Khartoum, Sudan, has challenged Islamic justice to vindicate President Obama's — to put it mildly — tall claim. Ms. Hussain was arrested by Sudan's Morality Police for wearing an allegedly too tight trouser and an allegedly too transparent blouse.[via Chesler Chronicles, Pajamas Media]
She was put in a cell together with men and forced to crouch down between the legs of the morality police on the way to jail—not very Islamic behavior in her view.
Hussain has refused to plead guilty, and has dared the Islamic Government of Sudan to punish her in accordance with their law - 40 lashes for her "crime". She told AFP in a telephone interview:
"I'm ready for anything to happen. I'm absolutely not afraid of the verdict... If I'm sentenced to be whipped, or to anything else, I will appeal. I will see it through to the end, to the constitutional court if necessary... And if the constitutional court says the law is constitutional, I'm ready to be whipped not 40 but 40,000 times."
To Hussain's disappointment, the judge has delayed the trial until September 7. Under the pretext that he wants to know if diplomatic immunity continues to apply to Ms. Hussain, despite the fact that she has waived the immunity, even if she had one.
Just this one time on September 7, I hope that President Obama is right. For the sake of Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who will not be standing alone in Sudan's court of misogyny, masquerading as justice.