Two Malaysian women convicted of being lesbi…

Two Malaysian women convicted of being lesbians were caned in court watched by dozens of people on Monday.

“Sharia criminal procedure… requires that it must be witnessed by a number of other Muslims,” said

Satiful Bahri Mamat, a member of the Terengganu state executive council, who attended the hearing. “The reason it is carried out in public is for it to serve as a lesson to society,” he said.

The director of Pahang’s Islamic Religious Department, Mohamad Noor Abdul Rani, welcomed the punishment “as it shows the beauty of Islam” and said it could spread to his state.

In case you think this is an Islamic problem, the Vatican reckons that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and that gay sex acts are “acts of grave depravity”. The problem is religion.