Somali Muslims who fail to perform daily prayers will be killed in accordance with Koranic law under a new edict issued by a leading cleric in the Islamic courts union that controls Mogadishu.How can anyone worship a God that endorses such barbarity? How can anyone call this god which advocates such brutal intimidation tactics "good?"
The requirement for Muslims to observe the five-times daily ritual under penalty of death was announced late Wednesday and appears to confirm the hardline nature of the increasingly powerful Sharia courts in the capital.
"I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures; and if such a creature can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go." - John Stuart Mill, An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy (1865)
Of course, the apologist for this action will tell you that "good" is obediance to God. This person is not a morally autonomous individual, because by making "good" synonymous with arbitrary divine fiat, he has given up the ability to make ethical judgements, leaving him incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong. Instead, he can only decide whether an action is approved or disapproved by his master. Given that he is no longer bound by moral considerations, there is no limitation to his behavior. Anything that he believes to be sanctioned by God, his master, no matter how cruel or irrational, is acceptable.
"The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men." - Robert Green Ingersoll, "The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child" (1877)