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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in the tiny Southeast Asia nation of Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    The Motion Picture & Television Fund joined a growing list of organizations and individuals Monday refusing to do business with hotels owned by the sultan or government of Brunei. They're protesting the country's new Islamic Shariah criminal law that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning.

    The Motion Picture & Television Fund says it won't hold its annual Night Before the Oscar party at the hotel as it has for many years.

    "We cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei," the fund's directors said in a statement.

    Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel, has praised his country's new laws as a "great achievement."

    "The decision to implement the (Shariah penal code) is not for fun but is to obey Allah's command as written in the Quran," the sultan said last week.

    Brunei, a conservative country where alcohol is banned and Muslim courts already govern family affairs, began phasing in its version of Shariah that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery. Most of the punishments can be applied to non-Muslims, who account for about one-third of the 440,000 people in the oil-rich country.

    The most severe punishments — flogging, amputation and stoning — are to be introduced over the next two years.

    Others boycotting the Sultan's Dorchester Collection of hotels include Richard Branson's Virgin Group; the Hollywood Reporter, which traditionally holds a starry media breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel; and the Feminist Majority Foundation, which moved its annual Global Women's Rights Awards on Monday from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the nearby Hammer Museum.

    Branson tweeted over the weekend that no member of his staff would stay at any Dorchester Collection hotel "until the Sultan abides by basic human rights."

    Mavis Leno, co-chair with husband Jay Leno of the Global Women's Rights Awards, said the new penalties for adultery, abortion and homosexuality in Brunei "violate international law and have no place in civilized society."

    Members of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined representatives from other civil rights groups Monday afternoon to picket the hotel. Jay Leno was among the protesters.

    Dorchester Collection's chief executive said the hotel boycott is misdirected.

    "American companies across the board are funded by foreign investment, including sovereign wealth funds," Christopher Cowdray said in a statement.

    The Beverly Hills City Council is set to consider a resolution Tuesday calling on Brunei to divest its ownership is the historic hotel.

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    What percentage of Muslims believe in Shariah Law?
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    Googled it and found my own answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    What percentage of Muslims believe in Shariah Law?
    The percentage of Muslims who say they want sharia to be “the official law of the land” varies widely around the world, from fewer than one-in-ten in Azerbaijan (8%) to near unanimity in Afghanistan (99%). But solid majorities in most of the countries surveyed across the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia favor the establishment of sharia, including 71% of Muslims in Nigeria, 72% in Indonesia, 74% in Egypt and 89% in the Palestinian territories.
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    I have a Palestinian muslim working for me.

    He probably wants to cut my head off.
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    Fuck islam.
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    The religion of peace, sure, you enter the religion in 1 piece, exit it in 1000 pieces. Fuck them and quite frankly fuck the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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    Jay Leno and his wife have been pretty consistent in their support of women's rights thru out the world

    the rest of Hollywood.....pfft not so much...how many performers have gotten in trouble lately for taking money for appearances with notorious human rights violators? jennifer Lopez took 10 million bucks to perform at a holiday party for a Turkmenistan dictator, Beyonce, Usher and Gadhafi, Mariah Carey/Moammar Gadhafi, Sean Penn Danny Glover and Hugo Chavez, Hilary Swank and Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov Erika Dadu and Swaiziland dictator

    take the money and run and no one holds it against you, but if you want to make a point, picket a hotel and jeopardize the jobs of staff who I guarantee you are not making 10 million dollars for a days work.

 

 

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